Bigger Than the Game: Restitching a Major League Life

Bigger Than the Game: Restitching a Major League Life

Dirk Hayhurst

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 0806534877

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Old demons together with new enemies and a season ending-- possibly career ending-- injury look to knock Hayhurst out of baseball forever. 

Isolated from his family, broken, and branded a traitor by his teammates for writing inside the locker room, Hayhurst finds himself at a crossroads: should he continue down the spiral of depression and prescription drug abuse he's falling into, or seek psychological help at the risk of being labeled a "head case" by an industry biased against that which it cannot quantify?

Or maybe Hayhurst just needs to show them all how much fun being a head case can be? In a crazy world of injured athletes, autograph-seeking nuns, angry wrestlers, and trainers with a taste for torture, Hayhurst learned lessons about the game--and himself--that were not in any rulebook. 

Like all of Hayhurst's writing on baseball, Bigger Than The Game tells a story about what lies beneath the often gilded uniform of the professional player in the honest, often hilarious, and self effacing way Hayhurst has become so renown for--even while exploring often shunned topics like the rampancy of prescription drug abuse among major league athletes, the stigma of depression among athletes, and the damning consequences of violating the codes of the locker room. 

Bigger Than The Game is Hayhurst's most compelling book to date and is a must read for those who truly wish to know what their favorite player goes through when they break.

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little frame shaking and his hands balled into white-knuckled fists. His eyes twitched while he waited for me to answer. I did not look away from him only because I was too stunned. He was such a gentle-natured guy. I often felt he wasn’t really paying attention to me, the way he buzzed around the room, juggling a million things, supplying answers to most of my questions before I finished asking them. But now that I had his full attention, I was a little scared of it. Maybe all the distractions

what I was doing by writing on the side. I knew it was senseless to hide this from the team. They’d find out eventually, so I decided it was best they heard it from me. I first let everyone know during the Reunion Phase of spring training, and since I stuck around till the end of camp, everyone had gotten comfortable enough with me to know I wasn’t out to get them. Well, almost everyone. “Stay out of the training room, rook,” Rabbit said as I walked into the Phillies’ visitors’ kitchen. It was

was serious when I said you’re dealing with a lot, but I was also serious when I said you’ve been incredibly self-centered in the most negative way possible, focusing a ton of perceived hate onto yourself. I’m not going to fix you, Dirk, because you’re not broken. I’m just going to help you learn about who you are, underneath the seams.” Chapter 28 In the coming days, Ray and I chatted on regular intervals, and he was right: it was hard learning about me. Telling Ray about how I’d felt like

Glasses on, mouth rinsed, I clicked the bathroom lights off and headed to the bedroom. “You’re not going to lose control of yourself if you take them, Dirk.” “It doesn’t matter. You told me to take possession of who I am. Well, this is who I am. My reactions to my environment make me who I am. I’m not going to filter them any more with drugs.” “Fair enough,” Dr. Ray said. “So what else can I do?” I asked, slipping into bed. “Own this choice. If people think you’re crazy, be crazy. Be you and

him. He hated the cone of silence. He hated walking around the complex, putting players on edge because they were afraid of him. He wanted players to engage him, to know him, and to feel comfortable. With him and with each other. Like a family. That was the second time I’d heard a coach use the word “family” in my playing career, but in Maddon’s usage it took on a completely different feel. Coupled with his charisma, confidence, and penchant for funky-themed travel dress requirements, you

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