From the Author
Hi, my name is Ken Jacobi. I am currently 24 years old and reside in Stamford, CT. Now almost 2 years removed from the college baseball game I have attempted in this book to share my insider's view into the world of college baseball.
When I began to reflect on my four years at Binghamton University, I realized that I had a very important story to share. It seems that every year I read great stories about the top college and professional athletes who have had super-successful seasons/ careers. Every blog has the top 100 list of some category, every book is about the guy who signed for a million dollars and every news clip talks of how Joe Schmo has set a new record. But the fact is 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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From the Back Cover
"In life we all have an unspeakable secret, an irreversible regret, an unreachable dream and an unforgettable love..." THIS IS MY STORY
When I signed my National Letter of Intent to attend Binghamton University I officially become a Division I scholarship athlete. As my pen slid across the paper, I thought that the most difficult part of the journey was over. Little did I know that arriving on campus as a vulnerable freshman, playing baseball in the snow belt, and having the coach who recruited me leave before my first semester ever began were just a few of the obstacles I would face on my personal "Road to Omaha".
This journey, a four part chronicle beginning with my freshman year and culminating with senior year, offers an insider's view into the life of a college athlete. As I share my experiences on the baseball diamond, in the classroom, and up in the dorm room, the entire college baseball experience
comes to life.
To be able to live, sleep and play baseball with my best friends for four amazing years is an adventure that I will forever cherish. From late night study sessions, to eight hour bus rides, to game winning hits, this is my story of learning how to adjust in the face of adversity by "Going with the Pitch".
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