Baseball memoirs are, of course, usually written by players with name recognition. These players are so talented that, although the details will differ, their stories are somewhat predictable. What makes them most interesting is the little peek they allow the rest of us into their world – the more honest and revealing they are, the better. Dirk Hayhurst is not a player with a lot of name recognition working for him. Hayhurst spent several years in the San Diego Padres organization before getting his short-lived shot with the big club. His baseball skills, rare as they are, could only carry him so far – good enough to earn him his major league shot, but not good enough to keep him in the show once he made it there. Surprisingly, this is exactly what makes Out of My League such an interesting baseball book.
|Dirk Hayhurst in San Diego Uni|
Particularly fascinating, I think, is what Hayhurst expresses about what it is like for a rookie to join the big club: the awe these players feel for their surroundings, the everyday perks available to them, and the veteran players on the field with them. Players like Dirk Hayhurst meet good guys, bad guys, and more than a few jackasses along the way. Thankfully, he has decided to share his story (and that of countless players like him) with the rest of us.