Bigger Than the Game has ratings and 43 reviews. Gord said: After reading Dirk Hayhurst’s the Bullpen Gospels, I was looking forward to reading more. The title of Dirk Hayhurst%26#;s third %26#;tell-all%26#; book, Bigger than the Game: Restitching a Major League Life, is a bit. His third book, Bigger than the Game, may be his greatest attempt yet to show the world what life at the highest level is truly.

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Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! Dealing with depression, potential addiction, injury and rehab, you follow Hayhurst through some pretty dark, depressing times.

Largely based biggeer his own experiences, but fuelled by the power of his observations, Bigger Than the Game gives readers a more insightful look at the game. If “what goes on in Vegas stays in Vegas”, then what goes on in a sports locker room should stay there, too. I think I’m being a bit tougher on this one than I have been on his other books because I think the issue of mental illness is so important and I am glad when athletes do address the effects it can have on even people who seem, by all appearances, to have it all.

But first, maybe I’ll read this one again. The title should be at least 4 characters long.

I beg to differ. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Newly married, with a big league paycheck and a brand new house, Hayhurst was ready for a great season in the Bigs.

I am assuming he had to rush this book to make it meet deadline.

Bigger Than the Game: Restitching a Major League Life

Sure you can argue some differences, but in the end you are watching the meaningless interactions of egotistical people partaking in fabricated drama. But for every big leaguer with a huge contract and endorsements, there are three or four who are on the margins, wondering if they will have a oj next year, if this injury will get them released, if they can make it.

February 25, Imprint: For the uninitiated, Dirk Hayhurst is a former baseball player and Toronto Blue Jayauthor and broadcaster who has garnered a lot of attention for this two previous books that gave readers and unparalleled glimpse into the life of a struggling ballplayer who is making his way through the minor leagues into the majors. One Shot at Forever. Item s unavailable for purchase. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. The Bullpen Gospels tells of his struggles in the minor leagues, trying to figure out who he is as a baseball player and Out of My League tells of his ascent to the big leagues both in terms of his career and with the woman whom he married.


The stuff about the difficulty of even admitting to any injury or mental health issue was eye-opening. 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.

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Hayhirst Than the Game by Dirk Hayhurst is a free Goodreads Firstreads advance reader copy of a paperback book I read right around the time of the lunar eclipse in April. But received as part of Goodreads First Reads program It’s hard to read memoirs when haghurst memoirist comes off as a jerk; it’s even harder when it’s the third volume of an ongoing series of them where the first two gave readers a lot of sympathy for the author.

However, this ended up being much more a medical book. People disappear, notably Hayhurst’s wife, whose deep concern for her husband in the first few chapters is quite moving. Feb 23, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: As I said, it was quite funny and there’s lots to learn about the camaraderie of a pro sports team and also how an athlete feels when they’ve been injured. So this really doesn’t meet my definition of a baseball book.

There were some “insider” details that gave insight into life in the p This is the third in Hayhurst’s “Bullpen Gospels” series. Thanks for telling us about the problem. In the end, I had a weird feeling that I was looking into the lives of Hayhurst’s teammates in a “TMZ” kind of way – they didn’t want to be in the book, but there they were.

These themes are extremely important, and Hayhurst develops these themes quite well. We all face downtimes in our careers.

Review of Bigger Than The Game by Dirk Hayhurst

Hayhurst then came out with an e-book that was a continuation of his second book which I have not read. Just a hxyhurst while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Most of us think that being a baseball player would be so great but Dirk shows us that oftentimes it doesn’t live up to what everyone thinks it should be. He states in the book how he had signed a book deal i As a Blue Jays fan, when I found out Dirk Hayhurst was going to write about his time with the Jays in his next book, I was ecstatic.


That’s not to say that this is a bad thing. A particularly funny section of the book takes place at the world famous Andrews Clinic in Birmingham, where Hayhurst encounters sadistic trainers, a baseball crazy nun, a living ghost of the old south, and wrestler Triple H. Isolated from his family, broken, and branded a traitor by his teammates for writing inside the locker room, Hayhurst finds himself at a crossroads: Trivia About Bigger Than the G Inhe was signed to Toronto’s farm team and bigget part of the season “in the bigs” playing for the Jays.

I will honestly dirj this was my least favorite of the three but it was still an entertaining and quick read. Bigger Than the Game is the third book I have read from Hayhurst. I don’t think he’s a phenomenal writer or anything but I think he has good insight into a side of baseball that is rarely seen, whether it is the struggles of minor league hte, the pleasure and the pain of just barely cracking a big league roster as a peripheral player, or, in this case, the mental struggles that come along with being a highly tuned athlete whose career can hayjurst with one workout.

His teammates were understandably skittish about this, not knowing if or how they might be portrayed in these books. Feb 23, Teena in Toronto rated it it was ok Shelves: Hayhurst simply recounts his experiences, how he handled success, how he dealt with defeat and how he suffered with pain.

See if you have enough points for this item. Dealing with such dark subject matter mental healththe fact that Hayhurst is not only able to relay funny stories but is able to depict the absurdity of his situations is what makes this book so enjoyable and, quite possibly, the best of the three. Sep 01, Pete rated it really liked it. This book is all about a nonplaying baseball player with mental illness.

Hayhurst has dealt with dark subject matter before, particularly in his relationship with his own family but, in this book, the weight of the conflict takes more of a center stage than before. It is Dirk Hayhurst’s 4th book about his life as a baseball player.