By Dirk Hayhurst
Previous demons including new enemies and a season ending-- almost certainly occupation ending-- harm glance to knock Hayhurst out of baseball forever.
remoted from his family members, damaged, and branded a traitor by means of his teammates for writing contained in the locker room, Hayhurst unearths himself at a crossroads: should still he proceed down the spiral of melancholy and prescription drug abuse he is falling into, or search mental aid on the danger of being categorised a "head case" by way of an biased opposed to that which it can't quantify?
or even Hayhurst simply must express all of them how a lot enjoyable being a head case might be? In a loopy international of injured athletes, autograph-seeking nuns, offended wrestlers, and running shoes with a flavor for torture, Hayhurst discovered classes concerning the game--and himself--that weren't in any rulebook.
like several of Hayhurst's writing on baseball, larger Than the sport tells a narrative approximately what lies underneath the customarily gilded uniform of the pro participant within the sincere, frequently hilarious, and self effacing manner Hayhurst has turn into so renown for--even whereas exploring frequently avoided subject matters just like the rampancy of prescription drug abuse between significant league athletes, the stigma of melancholy between athletes, and the damning outcomes of violating the codes of the locker room.
higher Than the sport is Hayhurst's such a lot compelling booklet so far and is a needs to learn should you really desire to recognize what their favourite participant is going via once they holiday.
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