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The Baseball Gods Are Real

Author : Jonathan a Fink
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In this book, I chronicle the origins, history and religiosity of baseball.

The Baseball Gods

Author : Ronald Difabbio
ISBN : 9780595397327
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Have you ever watched a baseball game and wondered why on some days every good call or lucky bounce goes in favor of the team you're rooting for, while on the other days it seems like there is a grand conspiracy perpetuated by some higher power to keep them from winning? Or maybe you've wondered why some players always seem to get the big hit in the clutch, while others wilt when the spotlight shines on them? Or on a more personal level, maybe you're someone who can't figure why your life is not what you had always hoped it would be and you feel powerless to do anything about it? The questions of baseball and life are as mysterious as the compulsions that drive us to answer them, but there are a group of beings that make their home on the ball fields of our youth and in the landscape of our dreams who can answer all our questions and teach us to live to a better life. They are the Baseball Gods and this is the story of how I met them, how they have changed my life.

The Baseball Gods Are Real

Author : Jonathan a Fink
ISBN : 0692174052
Genre : Self-Help
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The Baseball Gods are Real is a true story about baseball and spirituality.

The Baseball Gods Are Real

Author : Jonathan a Fink
ISBN : 0578600080
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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In Volume 2: The Road to the Show, I take my readers for another ride as I continue on my spiritual path. This book also chronicles the path of Jon Perrin, my colleague at Satya Investment Management, the asset management firm I founded in 2015. In this book, I follow Perrin on his road to the show through baseball's minor league system.

Dear Baseball Gods A Memoir

Author : Dan Blewett
ISBN : 9781727813937
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Dear Baseball Gods, Why didn't you look out for him? Didn't he deserve better? He hustled, competed, and played the game the right way. What happened wasn't fair. A Second Comeback Dan sat by a tree, staring at the ground trying to decide what he would do next. The doctor had just explained that everything he worked for was now ruined. A second Tommy John surgery? Does anyone come back from that? Is my career over? Is this it? A Winding Road to the Top As a walk-on in college, Dan had to earn everything. He pitched on three hours sleep, lived in the clubhouse, played for a team that collapsed mid-season, and endured more arm pain than any kid should. A Way to Move On When finally forced to hang up his cleats, Dan looked in the mirror and didn't recognize the man peering back. If no longer a ballplayer...what would he do? What had been the point of it all? Who was he? The Deeper Side of Life as an Athlete In this philosophical memoir, written as a series of letters, you'll learn that the pinstripes don't wash off so easily.

Wrigley Regulars

Author : Holly Swyers
ISBN : 9780252035500
Genre : Social Science
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Holly Swyers turns to the bleachers of Chicago's iconic Wrigley Field in this unique exploration of the ways people craft a feeling of community under almost any conditions. Wrigley Regulars examines various components of community through the lens of "the regulars," a group of diehard Chicago Cubs fans who loyally populate the bleachers at Wrigley Field. In a time when many communities are perceived as either short-lived or disintegrating, the Wrigley regulars have formed their own thriving set of pregame rituals, ballpark traditions, and social hierarchies. Swyers examines the conditions, practices, and behaviors that help create and sustain the experience of community. At Wrigley Field, these practices can include the simple acts of scorecard-keeping and gathering at the same location before each game or insisting on elaborate rules of ticket distribution and seating arrangements, as well as more symbolic behaviors and superstitions that link the regulars to each other. A bleacher regular herself, Swyers uses a qualitative approach to define community as the ways in which people arrive at an awareness of themselves as a group with a particular relationship to the larger world. The case of the regulars offers a challenge to the claim that community is eroding in an increasingly fragmented and technologically driven culture, suggesting instead that our notions of where we find community and how we express it are changing.

Haunted Baseball

Author : Mickey Bradley
ISBN : 9781599215815
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Baseball and ghost stories are as American as apple pie. Haunted Baseball combines both with this fun and freaky collection of otherworldly yarns. Collected from baseball players, stadium personnel, umpires, front-office folks, and fans, the tales told here explore the spooky connection between baseball and the paranormal, including Babe Ruth sightings at a former brothel, the Curse of the Billy Goat that still haunts the Chicago Cubs, of hidden passageways within the depths of Dodger Stadium, and of the spirits of legendary stars that inspire modern-day players at Yankee Stadium. We hear why Johnny Damon believes in ghosts, and how the memories of a 9/11 hero inspired Ken Griffey Jr. to hit a home run against the Phillies—a team against which he'd never even gotten a hit! There's the story of how Sam Rice settled a decades-old baseball controversy with a message from beyond the grave, and how the late Roberto Clemente had premonitions of his own death in a plane crash. With a wealth of anecdotes that have never before been told before, the authors present an entertaining and eerie look at our national pastime.

Philadelphia Baseball

Author : Max Blue
ISBN : 9781627728904
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Everything Happens In Chillicothe

Author : Mike Shannon
ISBN : 9780786481668
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"One thing about Max was that he was about as well-adjusted to his disability, if you want to call it that, as anyone could be... He even used his eye once to shut up an obnoxious high school coach. After he'd heard all the complaining he wanted to hear, Max took his eye out of the socket and handed it to the stunned coach, saying, 'You want to umpire this game? Here, be my guest.'" Everything Happens in Chillicothe is an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at the lowest rung of professional baseball, and a biography of Max McLeary, the one-eyed umpire and a most intriguing individual. Author Mike Shannon spent the 2000 Frontier League season attending games with McLeary and gives his account of the season here. The book speaks volumes about umpiring as a profession, relationships (particularly between Max and his estranged son, a minor league player; between Max and his long-suffering wife Patty; and between Max and his umpiring partner Jim Schaly), life in small-town America, and the various people connected with the Chillicothe Paints and other teams in the Frontier League. Many humorous and poignant stories, are told here for the first time, by McLeary, Schaly, and others.

The Music Gods Are Real Volume 1 The Road To The Show

Author : Jonathan A. Fink
ISBN : 057868506X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In The Music Gods are Real: Volume 1 - The Road to the Show, I take my readers along for the ride as I continue on my spiritual path, this time with music as my guide. This book also chronicles the music road to the show for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish, Widespread Panic, the Grateful Dead, Mumford & Sons, the Black Crowes, the Counting Crows, Scarecrow Collection, Patti Rothberg, the Primitive Radio Gods, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, the Kitchen Dwellers, Iya Terra and of course Twiddle. As you might have guessed, I use "the road to the show" as a metaphor for life. "The Show" is symbolic for achieving goals, whatever they may be. The road is not flat or straight. There will be ups and downs along the way. But whether you are a minor league baseball player, a musician, a financial advisor or whatever else you might aspire to be in life, you will learn from every accomplishment and setback and keep moving forward on your own road to the show. May the Music Gods always be with you!

The Bullpen Gospels

Author : Dirk Hayhurst
ISBN : 9780806533964
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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From the humble heights of a Class-A pitcher's mound to the deflating lows of sleeping on his gun-toting grandmother's air mattress, veteran reliever Dirk Hayhurst steps out of the bullpen to deliver the best pitch of his career--a raw, unflinching and surprisingly moving account of his life in the minors. I enjoyed the visualizations, maybe a little too much, and would stop only when I felt I'd centered myself. . .or after one of my teammates hit me in the nuts with the rosin bag while my eyes were closed. Hilariously self-effacing and brutally honest, Hayhurst captures the absurdities, the grim realities, and the occasional nuggets of hard-won wisdom culled from four seasons in the minors. Whether training tarantulas to protect his room from thieving employees in a backwater hotel, watching the raging battles fought between his partially paralyzed father and his alcoholic brother, or absorbing the gentle mockery of some not-quite-starstruck schoolchildren, Dirk reveals a side of baseball, and life, rarely seen on ESPN. My career has crash-landed on the floor of my grandma's old sewing room. If this is a dream come true, then dreams smell a lot like mothballs and Bengay. Somewhere between Bull Durham and The Rookie, The Bullpen Gospels takes an unforgettable trot around the inglorious base paths of minor league baseball, where an inch separates a ball from a strike, and a razor-thin margin can be the difference between The Show or a long trip home. "It's not often that someone comes along who is a good pitcher and a good writer." --King Kaufman, Salon "After many minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years spent in the bullpen, I can verify that this is a true picture of baseball." --Tim McCarver "There are great truths within, of the kind usually unspoken. And as he expresses them, Dirk Hayhurst describes himself as 'a real person who moonlights as a baseball player.' In much the same manner, while The Bullpen Gospels chronicles how all of us face the impact when we learn reality is both far meaner and far richer than our dreams--it also moonlights as one of the best baseball books ever written." --Keith Olbermann "A bit of Jim Bouton, a bit of Jim Brosnan, a bit of Pat Jordan, a bit of crash Davis, and a whole lot of Dirk Hayhurst. Often hilarious, sometimes poignant. This is a really enjoyable baseball read." --Bob Costas "Fascinating. . .a perspective that fans rarely see." --Trevor Hoffman, pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers "The Bullpen Gospels is a rollicking good bus ride of a book. Hayhurst illuminates a baseball life not only with wit and humor, but also with thought-provoking introspection." --Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated "Dirk Hayhurst has written a fascinating, funny and honest account on life in the minor leagues. I loved it. Writers can't play baseball, but in this case, a player sure can write." --Tim Kurkjian, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine, analyst/reporter ESPN television "Bull Durham meets Ball Four in Dirk Hayhurst's hilarious and moving account of life in baseball's glamour-free bush leagues." --Rob Neyer, ESPN.com "If Holden Caulfield could dial up his fastball to 90 mph, he might have written this funny, touching memoir about a ballplayer at a career--and life--crossroads. He might have called it 'Pitcher in the Rye.' Instead, he left it to Dirk Hayhurst, the only writer in the business who can make you laugh, make you cry and strike out Ryan Howard." --King Kaufman, Salon "The Bullpen Gospels is a funny bone-tickling, tear duct-stimulating, feel-good story that will leave die-hard baseball fans--and die-hard human beings, for that matter--well, feeling good." --Bob Mitchell, author of Once Upon a Fastball

What Matters Most

Author : James Hollis
ISBN : 9781440655227
Genre : Self-Help
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The celebrated author of Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life delivers a unique look at happiness, sharing a Jungian approach to finding a fearless, authentic path. Why are we here? What is the meaning of existence? What truly matters the most in life? To even begin to answer these questions, we must start by exploring our own internal ideals, values, and beliefs. Presenting the unique perspective of respected analyst and author James Hollis, Ph.D., What Matters Most helps readers learn to appreciate (even be amazed by) events unfolding within, even as the external world creates constant struggles. Taking a fresh look at the concept of happiness, Hollis uses a warm, accessible tone to encourage readers to learn to tolerate ambiguity, embrace growth rather than security, respect the power of Eros, engage spiritual crises, and acknowledge the shadow of mortality. Providing inspiring wisdom and personal reflections to address our deepest worries, What Matters Most yields far more than mere self-help clichés. Instead, Hollis guides readers in uncovering the heart of the matter, discovering what it means to truly live life to its fullest, most meaningful state—as fully engaged citizens of the world.

The Infield Fly Rule

Author : Randall E. Wilbert
ISBN : 9781525513428
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The Infield Fly Rule follows a spirited group of New England teen age baseball players through a baseball season. They roam from town to town in their eccentric coach's converted bus, from ball field to ball field chasing the American sports dream, seeking adventure, both on and off the field. Encountering both victory and defeat, they learn about baseball, camaraderie, and the vagaries of life. It is a story of contrasting personalities, competition, and challenges, but also of love, friendship, victory, and perseverance. Led by a quixotic coach and his loyal assistants, the team experiences all the joys and sorrows of growing up with the great game of baseball.

The Red Sox And Philosophy

Author : Michael Macomber
ISBN : 9780812696776
Genre : Philosophy
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Loyalty to a great cause raises some of the most profound issues in philosophy, and loyalty to the greatest of all causes, the Boston Red Sox, poses these questions in the sharpest possible way. The Red Sox and Philosophy brings together a team of thirty of America's leading thinkers (twenty-eight of them citizens of Red Sox Nation), to unravel some of the mysteries of the Red Sox. Can we adapt Anselm's proof of the existence of God to prove that the Red Sox are the greatest conceivable sports team? Why are Red Sox fans moral heroes? Can the science of sabermetrics be reconciled with the religion of baseball? Are pink Red Sox hats rationally defensible? These and other challenging problems are solved in The Red Sox and Philosophy. - Publisher.

B League Champs

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3 A M

Author : Dallas Woodburn
ISBN : 9780595357864
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Following her first book, There's a Huge Pimple on My Nose--which the Los Angeles Times praised: "If you simply want to enjoy some remarkable writing, it's hard to find a book more satisfying than Dallas Woodburn's"--this teen phenomenon's second collection of short stories, 3 a.m., is already receiving high praise: "Woodburn is a very gifted writer whose work celebrates the beauty and humor of everyday life. She is able to merge different cultures and generations in a thought-provoking and lovely way." --Laurie Stolarz, award-winning author of Blue is for Nightmares series "The writing is so wonderful you'll want to stay up reading until 3 a.m.!" --Julia McGuire, The Hudson Valley Literary Magazine "An emotionally resonant collection, dealing with the universal themes of identity, grief and love--with a little bit of humor thrown in as well. Dallas helps you recognize and appreciate the finer things in life." --Catherine Clark, best-selling author of Truth or Dairy "Woodburn's writing shines with both humor and poignancy. Her skillfully developed stories have amazing versatility. With characters that are human and tangible and extremely likeable--and details that make them come alive in a vivid and precise and utterly appropriate way--I couldn't get enough of 3 a.m." --Randy Powell, acclaimed author of My Underrated Year

The Music Gods Are Real Volume 2 The Religion Of Music

Author : Jonathan A. Fink
ISBN : 0578754339
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In this book, The Music Gods are Real: Volume 2 - The Religion of Music, I continued along my spiritual path with music as my guide. The Music Gods orchestrated my vision quest to the Crow Tribe Reservation in Billings, Montana, mapped out my Road to Tumble Down in Burlington, Vermont, led me to the Road to Oak Ridge in Branson, Missouri, and finally, sent me to St. Louis, Missouri, after I heard the Calling of the Crows. In this edition, I also explored the religiosity of music and featured some of the most followed world religions of today such as Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Rastafarianism, and Judaism. This book also reintroduced four lesser known world religions from the past that are destined to make a comeback - Shamanism, Druidism, Hermeticism, and Gnosticism. We are all musicians in a global orchestra. Everyone has a role and an instrument to play. As world religions and their followers increasingly find more common ground with each other - such as their love for music - humanity's orchestra will increasingly create harmonious music together.

100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know Do Before They Die

Author : Jimmy Greenfield
ISBN : 9781600786624
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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With 135 years of Chicago Cubs history, this lively, detailed book explores the personalities, events, and facts every Cubs fan should know. More than a look at the century-long wait for another World Series win, the book contains crucial information for Cubs fans, such as important dates, player nicknames, memorable moments, and outstanding achievements by singular players. This guide to all things Cubs also includes a list of must-do Cubs-related activities, which include taking in Wrigley field, traveling to Arizona for spring training, and sipping beers at the best Cubs bars around the country.

Tales From The Dugout The Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told

Author : Mike Shannon
ISBN : 9780809229505
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Batter up--here comes the most memorable collection of anecdotes about the national pastime ever assembled. Tales from the Dugout brings together never-before-told stories from baseball personalities such as Roger Maris, Ken Griffey Jr., Pete Rose, Phil Rizzuto, and Gaylord Perry in this illustrated, one-of-a-kind compendium.

Joie De Vivre As I See It

Author : James K. Weber M.D.
ISBN : 9781665708555
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Not many people can say they gave up a successful career as a general surgeon to teach yoga ... but not everyone is James K. Weber, M.D. In this collection of essays and vignettes, he explores how life often happens in unexpected ways: at times humorous, frightening, or sad. Drawing liberally from a palate of characters and places across a wide span of time, he reveals enlightening treasures in commonplace activities. While the stories focus on the author, he also emphasizes the roles his family, assorted friends, and acquaintances have played in his life. New York City and baseball often are highlighted—and musical, historical, and literary heroes add their flavor to the stew. Weber also looks back at being a singer, swim meet official, father to four girls, and his enduring love affair with his wife, Mary, as well as their interactions with their assertive chihuahua, Louis le Premier du Lac. Written in just four months during the coronavirus scourge—when the author wanted to do more than teach yoga via Zoom—this book will leave you laughing out loud.

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