Book Excerpt: Out Of My League, By Dirk Hayhurst
Dirk Hayhurst's first "Non-Prospect Diary" went live on BaseballAmerica.com on March 13, 2007. He chronicled three seasons on BA's website, a ride that took him to the major leagues, while also writing one of the best baseball books of the last decade: "The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran" (Citadel Press, 2010). For an encore, Hayhurst has taken us back inside the game to the biggest year of his career, 2008. It's a season that started with the protagonist back in the minor leagues, living in spartan conditions in an apartment with two fellow minor league veterans. It ended with Hayhurst getting on ESPN's "SportsCenter" after giving up one of Manny Ramirez's longest home runs. Hayhurst takes us through his major league debut in "Out Of My League." Here's an excerpt, when Hayhurst was getting used to the on- and off-field duties of a rookie in a big league bullpen.