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Sometimes the Shattering of Some Dreams Lead to the Fulfillment of Others,
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This review is from: Out of My League (Kindle Edition)
The book depicts Hayhurst's last steps towards becoming a major league baseball player. It shows the absurdity of minor league life and the absurd excesses of major league life well.
But the book is about more than the comings and goings of a baseball player and team. The book is about spending years dreaming about something, only to find out the dream is really a nightmare when it actually happens. It is about broken homes and bad marriages, held together with fights. And it is about getting to the major league mound and forgetting the person you are. It's about changing--sometimes for the worse--to win social approval and finding the disapproval of those who matter most to you.
And the book is about failure. It's about realizing that the dream cannot be realized...whether that dream is to simply grip a ball or to become a star pitcher on a World Series Champion. Sometimes those dreams cannot be fulfilled.
Hayhurst is most interested in life's meaning, as anyone who read Bullpen Gospels should know. And he struggles with what it means to throw a baseball 85 mph in front of 30,000 fans. He struggles to find purpose and place.
Many people do. Some people think they've found their spouse only to be left at the alter, or be told no during a proposal. People can work hard and still get a pink slip. You can land a dream job only to fail at it and not do well.
The book is well written, flows nicely, and is touching in parts and hilarious in others (hint there are two transvestite conventions in the book, one in Salt Lake City and another aboard a plane where 15 of the attendees are wearing Hooter's outfits).