29
JUL
2014

50 Shades Of Emerald

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic language. Manhood. It’s a competition. Has been since the first grunting, snorting, finger-sniffing Neanderthal scratched out whatever he felt defined it on the wall of his cave. Battle, power, money, looks — they all...
19
JUN
2014

In Not Of.

Dear Brother Dirk, I just finished reading Out of My League over the course of the last 3 days, and I came away broken-hearted. I purchased the book as a summer reading gift for my son, a college athlete, hoping to encourage him in his Christian walk. He’s at a cross-roads,...
05
JUN
2014

Buehrle’s Timely 2014 & the Future of Baseball.

This piece was written for Sports On Earth. Ten wins against one loss with a 2.10 ERA is a hell of a way to start a season. If it was Justin Verlander, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey or Clayton Kershaw attached to those numbers, well, I’d be more than happy to dub the lucky...
24
APR
2014

Pineda’s Neck

What’s wrong with the following statements about cheating? “I needed something to give me an edge so I could perform at the highest level, so I turned to steroids to put me over the top.” “I needed something to give me an edge so I could perform at the highest level, so I turned...
12
APR
2014

Jack of All

People just don’t do one thing anymore, have you noticed that? The days of working at one place until the powers that be hand you a gold watch and send you into the fog are gone. At least that’s the way it feels. In my short 33 years I’ve been an instructor,...
02
APR
2014

Observations on Chris Archer

25 million dollars with a chance for 40+ if everything goes his way? Good for Chris Archer. Good for all of us, too. Of course that’s easy for me to say, I know the guy. I played with him in Triple A for part of a season. I sat next to him in the Bull’s dugout and...
01
APR
2014

Sour Grapes

Yesterday I got called out by one of my former coworkers at Rogers for being/having  “sour grapes” because I spent most of opening day being snarky about the Toronto Blue Jays’ loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. This coworker hypothesized that my “new...
17
FEB
2014

The Right To Break.

I’m going to do my best here, but, as cliche as this sounds, words really can’t express how excited I am that my new book launch is almost here, and that another part of the Bullpen Gospels’ story will soon be in the hands of readers. Nor can words properly convey how thrilled I...
15
FEB
2014

The Proletariat is Right

If, dear minor league player, you decide to tell the general public of your disgust with professional baseball because, for the honor of allowing you to play among its chosen immortals, it’s paying you in stale beer and day old hotdogs, expect your words to echo off into...
21
JAN
2014

Bigger Than The Game Pre-Release Party

BOOK SIGNING AND EARLY RELEASE PARTY! Come out and join me, talk baseball, get an early copy of my new book ,Bigger Than The Game,  and get your other Hayhurst-ian books signed (and some free baseball cards from my playing days). I’ll even read a chapter or two for you if...