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Going with the Pitch: Adjusting to Baseball, School and Life as a Division I College Athlete (First Edition) Paperback – April 16, 2011

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"'Going with the Pitch' is a must read for athletes who want to get a mental edge. Ken, during his college career, figured out the same mental skills we teach at Personal Best Mental Toughness Training and applied them to actual, on-the-field situations, which ultimately led to his success and enjoyment. A thoroughly enjoyable and informational read!"

-Pete Moscariello Co-Owner, Personal Best Mental Toughness Training

"Do you want to know what it's like to be a Division I baseball player? Ken Jacobi lived it. If you want to find out what it's like to scrap for hits and live the dream of making it to the NCAA regional, 'Going with the Pitch,' puts you on the field from the first day of fall ball to the last out of the season."

-JJ Cooper, Managing Editor, Baseball America

"Ken Jacobi has captured the essence of what it is to be a college baseball player. He journals his four years at Binghamton and tells the story of wins, losses, workouts, classes, roommates and parties - all the things a college ballplayer deals with. It brought back memories of my own time as a college player. Well done!"

-Dr. Mike Gustafson, Executive Director, National College Baseball Hall of Fame

"If you are connected to college baseball in any way, 'Going with the Pitch' is a must read. Having been around amateur baseball for over forty years I can honestly say that Ken captures the spirit of the collegiate game like no other book written. I would recommend this to any player or his parent who wants to know more about the ins and outs of college baseball."

-Jerry Ford President/Owner, Perfect Game USA, the largest amateur baseball scouting service in the world

"'Going with the Pitch' tells the true story of what college sports is like as told from an "insider." If you are an aspiring student-athlete this book was made for you. I highly recommend parents, players, and coaches alike read this book. Your perspective afterwards won't be the same."

-Dominick J. Ferraro, CEO, THR College Planning, LLC. 12 years experience college recruiting and placement process

From the Author

"Going with the Pitch" has been an amazing five year journey of transcribing thousands of pages of personal journal entries, statistics, and accounts into the book that is available to read today. The text went through many, many revisions, including two separate full editions. I hope this book serves as part education and part entertainment. It is intended to offer my account of college baseball and what I learned from the process up on the dorms, in the classroom, and on the field. As the journey progresses, I leave you with my trials and tribulations in the hopes it helps guide the next generation of players (as well as coaches and parents).

Going through the journey myself, it seemed that every year I only read great stories about the top college and professional athletes who had super-successful seasons or careers. Every blog had the top 100 list of some category, every book was about the guy who signed for a million dollars, and every news clip talked of how Joe Schmo had set a new record. But the fact was that 99.9% of the athletes (and non-athletes) never make any national stories. Most have to simply fight and battle every day just to be their own success story.... This book is my "success story."

Over the course of 300+ pages I describe the full college experience, from getting recruited, to showing up for my first class in the fall, to the "big game," and finally to saying goodbye to baseball. Throughout it all, I recount my happy times, I share my low points, and I reveal my most vulnerable of times as well. I hope you enjoy this story, but more importantly I hope you are able to gain something by reading about my college experience and how I learned to adjust by "Going with the Pitch."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 498 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (April 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460919890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460919897
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,637,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ken Jacobi (born 1986) currently resides in Connecticut and works for PepsiCo on their commodities team. He recently graduated from NYU's Stern School of Business with a MBA. In his spare time he enjoys running, and since college has completed six marathons.

"Going with the Pitch," was a project over five years in the making and is Ken's first published book. The Second Edition was released in 2015. He also runs the official book website (www.goingwiththepitch.com), and enjoys blogging and messaging on the various online outlets.

He can be reached at GoingwiththePitch@gmail.com
Twitter: @Goingw_thePitch

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rhp44 on October 6, 2011
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Having had the experience of both playing and coaching at the Division I level in the cold Northeast I found Ken's book to be fascinating. Baseball, perhaps unlike other sports, grips all of us who play at a particularly high level.....most of us left the game on someone else's terms. I actually couldn't put the book down and found it to be very accurate.
The rift between players, parents, and coaches regarding playing time will never go away....it's a timeless issue. There's a big world out there outside of baseball; I'm fortunate that I got out of it and had the opportunity to experience so many other wonderful things. Many of my friends are still in the game; I often wonder if they realize what they're missing. Great book, I'm sure Ken is a great kid and will have learned more from his experiences than most non-athlete college students. I know I did and there's not a day in my business career that I'm not thankful for the many lessons playing and coaching provided me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott on February 13, 2014
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Ken gave us an unparalleled account of what it's like to play college baseball. The ups and downs will drive you mad and happy for Ken, but in the end his story is what happens to 75% of guys who go play. I highly recommend the book and wish there were more brave alumni willing to tell their stories.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Anderson on November 30, 2011
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This book portrays the entire young life of an everyday normal college baseball player. The struggle that he depicts is very real, and also very accurate. Not everyone can be an all-conference player, but at the same time, not every player gets a chance to prove that he can be one. Ken seems to take on the struggle of a lack of playing time like everyone should - head on. He didn't back down, give up, or throw in the towel. The kid hung in there, stuck it out, busted his ass 4 years in a row, became a better player, and helped his team win a conference championship his senior year! It seems like Ken and his coaches didn't see eye to eye when it came to his playing time later in his career, but these are the kids that make a program better. I'd rather have a bench full of Ken Jacobi's clawing to get that last spot in the starting lineup rather than a bench filled with physically gifted athletes with little drive or focus. I've read a lot of reviews on here about thinking that the author is whining and complaining the whole time. I disagree with every last one of you. This sounds like it was a strictly internal struggle. Ken wanted to be in the starting lineup everyday, and he was deducting every logical reason of why he wasn't in there throughout the piece. I don't think this book was written to "slander" his coaching staff by any means. I believe that this book was written to give an inside scoop of what happens to handfuls and handfuls of normal everyday college players each year. I think that this book shows that if you remain dedicated that good things will come. I also thoroughly enjoyed the small excerpts of his college life, party life, and the team camaraderie. Congratulations to Ken on all of his accomplishments - on and off the field (including writing this book).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cpc on November 12, 2011
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Going With The Pitch tells the all too honest tale of the everyday college athlete. It does not tell the story of the superstar, the mvp, or the all-conference selection. Unfortunately, these stories rarely, if ever, reach the public, and I am glad Jacobi had the courage to share what he experienced.

The book is enjoyable and written in a frank and humorous manner. You will laugh at the recollections of college shenanigans, but you will also feel Jacobi's lows. Ultimately, you will be happy that you went along for the ride.
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Author Ken Jacobi writes about his experiences as a DI baseball player at SUNY Binghamton. The story is not just about his experience at college, it is more than that - it's about fathers and sons, friends, growing up and maturing while going through college. A very nicely told story and well worth the read for anyone, not just a baseball fan. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bill R. on May 18, 2011
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Ken tells a story that occurs far too often and is told far too little. Not the story of the superstar who had a little bit of luck fall his way, but the story of the player who didn't catch that break or wasn't the coach's favorite player. I played football in college and my story fell in line with Ken's story. When I was recruited I was told things that were more than a stretch of the truth, but as a high school player most kids are so excited about being the center of attention they don't understand the business aspect of the game that enters at the college level. Every high school baseball player being recruited to play baseball in college should read this book. It is an easy read and difficult to put down. I finish the book with tears in my eyes, remembering my own last days of college sports and taking the cleats off for the last time. I'm so happy Ken's career ended the way it did and he wrote this book for the next generation of college athletes. Thank you Ken.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott on March 7, 2012
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This book is a must read for any parent or player who either hopes to play college baseball or has already played.
I was a division 1 player at a mid major and my son is currently senior captain at a mid major university. Some of the trials and tribulations are incredibly parallel to what I went through in the 80s to what my son is going through now. Ken Jacobi's account is on the money with reality. A few players have a smooth career without any bumps in the road, but the truth is that most careers are more in line with Ken's. He covers EVERYTHING from coaches who don't communicate or treat players well, to the challenges of a baseball program that is not fully funded and watching every penny. At the same time, this book does not come across as an account of a bitter athlete who didn't make it to the pros. Ken is appreciative of his university, coaches, and teammates. While he takes us through some of his many challemges, he also touches on so many of the positive things he experienced in clollege life. In the end, although he describes a career that is affected by the harsh realities of college sports, he addresses the fact that this experience molds him into the man he is today. Ken's account of his four years are detailed and thorough. This book is not just an athlete telling his story. It is a well written, easy to read, fascinating story. This should be required reading for every incoming freshman baseball player and his parents.
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