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...
26
SEP
2013

Momentum Exists in Baseball

Yesterday I got into a tweet-off with Keith Law, the world’s leading sorcerer of baseball prospect projections, concerning the concept of momentum in baseball. Mr. Law (“Klaw” as I like to call him) says that he has an issue with the concept of momentum since it can’t be...
06
FEB
2013

Wild Pitches & Book 4

Today I’ll find out if Wild Pitches makes the New York Times best sellers list. I’m hopeful, of course, but not as worried about it as I have been for the others. Reason being, the book is really short stories, extra chapters, and journal entries from the other two...
03
FEB
2013

Rays Book Excerpt 4. Meet Your Teammates

Excerpt from first rough draft. Errors expected.  …He played catch with David Price, who, by contrast, was naturally cool and never had to try to be accepted at anything. Price oozed charm and charisma. He was like the entire team’s older brother who also happened to be the...
29
JAN
2013

Excerpt from Rays Rough Draft 4. Maddon’s Office.

Rough Draft Excerpt. Errors are Okay.  The next time I’d talk to Joe was in that private meeting. It actually wasn’t between just Joe and I, it was most of the top level staff, including Andrew Friedman. They wanted to get to know me, talk about why they brought me in, get a feel...
26
JAN
2013

Rays Book Excerpt 3. Meeting Maddon

Unedited excerpt from Rays Book Pitch first draft. Errors are OK.  We all sat in a huddled half moon on outfield grass, Joe Maddon at our core with a few coaches and staffers in a deep orbit behind him. He wore white rimmed sunglass with a designer inlay and held a fungo bat like...
23
JAN
2013

Dumb

“Your mom called me while you were out.” Said Bonnie. “Did you tell her I was dead?” “No, I told her you were at the gym.” “What’d she want? No. No, don’t answer that. I know what she wanted.” I took near drum sized canister of protein from a cabinet in the kitchen and rationed...
22
JAN
2013

Excerpt 2, Jan 22. Rough Draft Rays Book

What I really needed was a reason to get up and hit the gym. A better reason. My agent would advise me to keep training as if I had a job. Coaches would say a prepared man creates his own luck. But my heart, that silly, skittish, vessel of illogic kept telling that if another job...
08
DEC
2012

The Process

Chapter 20   June 2, 2009 — The Previous Season   We flew back to Vegas on a Southwest-evening knuckleball. Hot desert air ran intoreacted against cool mountain breezes, slapping our jet all over the sky. Nothing so rough enoughas to stop the boys from seducing free booze...
02
MAR
2012

The Life of A Player’s Wife

For our third date, my husband, Dirk, took me to a batting cage. “Cute,” I thought, “the active, sporty date. Well, as long as he doesn’t mind me getting sweaty, it could be fun. Why not?” Then he invited my mother along, which, if your goal is romance, tends to put a damper on...
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