- Paperback: 188 pages
- Publisher: KMP Enterprises (March 19, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615583458
- ISBN-13: 978-0615583457
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
A native of Hillsboro, OR, Ben Petrick was taken by the Colorado Rockies in the second round of the 1995 draft. He was rated as one of the top 100 prospects in baseball from 1997-1999, when he started at catcher in the All-Star Futures Game at Fenway Park alongside Josh Hamilton, Alfonso Soriano, Mark Mulder and Lance Berkman. That September, Petrick was called to the Major Leagues, finishing the season hitting .323 with 4 HR and 12 RBI in just 19 games. Ben experienced his first symptoms of Parkinson's disease in Fall 1999, and was diagnosed with "Parkinsonism" in May 2000. Ben still managed to play four more big-league seasons for the Rockies and Detroit Tigers, while largely keeping his diagnosis a secret. Ben experienced more on-field success in 2000, hitting .322 with 3 HR and 20 RBI in 52 games; however, his performance started to slide in 2001, and he was traded to Detroit in mid-2003. Only when he retired in 2004 did he announce publicly that he had Parkinson's disease — the same disease with which his father, Vern, had been diagnosed just seven months prior to Ben. Ben returned to Hillsboro, marrying longtime girlfriend Kellie Starkey, and moved onto the same street where his parents and brother lived. He eventually became primary daytime caregiver to his daughter, Makena, while Kellie taught third grade. With his Parkinson's symptoms growing worse, in December 2009 Ben elected to undergo a risky and invasive procedure known as Deep Brain Stimulation. Infection that resulted from the surgery nearly killed him. Still, Ben courageously underwent the surgery a second time a year later, this time emerging with miraculous results, as his Parkinson's symptoms were lessened to a great degree. Today, Ben is again active in baseball, coaching at Glencoe High and providing private instruction. He is an advocate for Parkinson's research, traveling the country to speak at various events that benefit the cause. Ben is also founder of Faith In The Game (www.faithinthegame.tumblr.com), a blog containing written submissions by prominent athletes of faith. He lives in Hillsboro with his wife and two daughters.
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Parkinson's can be an especially cruel disease and the book does a great job of describing it. Mr. Petrick went from being a talented world class athlete destined to have many multi-million dollar contracts to a seldom remembered baseball footnote, totally dependent on his family, and unemployed within a few short years.
This book does a great job of describing the struggle with this debilitating disease and illustrates the power of faith and perserverence and the importance of family. A great book especially for anyone interested in baseball or would like to understand more about Parkinson's.
Bravo, Mr. Petrick. You have one more big fan.
This is an incredible book about a man who went from being a high level professional athlete to battling for his life against a crippling disease at a young age. Through it all Ben has maintained a focus on the things that are important to him; namely the people around him (friends/family).
It is an excellent story about perseverance and perspective, and the lessons from this book are valuable for any reader.
It was great to see a story about a professional athlete who didn't throw away his career just to fight back. Instead, Ben did everything right. When things fell apart, he looked to God and his family for guidance.
This book was very motivational as a future father and a Christian. A fantastic read if you have the time.