Originally posted on Padres Public  |  Last updated 2/6/14
Bigger Than the Game By Dirk Hayhurst Citadel, 320 pp., $14.95 paperback The Padres drafted Dirk Hayhurst in the eighth round of the 2003 draft. He had a cup of coffee with the big club in 2008, and it didn’t go so well. The next year he fared a little better with Toronto, but that was his final stint in the big leagues. At the ripe old age of 28, he was done. Welcome to the world of professional baseball. Fortunately for all of us, Hayhurst had already embarked on a promising career as a writer, first penning his Non-Prospect Diary for Baseball America while he pitched at Lake Elsinore and San Antonio in the Padres system. His authenticity endeared himself to fans, even if it alienated some teammates in the process, and eventually his tales of the road turned into a book. One book begat another. And another. And now a fourth, Bigger Than the Game (sample chapters), chronicles the year he spent rehabbing from injury with the Blue Jays in one last effort to chase his dream and find t...
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