- Gebundene Ausgabe: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: Blue Rider Press; Auflage: 1 (29. März 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0399158154
- ISBN-13: 978-0399158155
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,1 x 3,1 x 23,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 390.331 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 29. März 2012
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- Publishers Weekly, Starred review
- Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated
- Jeremy Schaap, bestselling author, Emmy award-winning journalist, ESPN
-Orel Hershiser, ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst, former MLB All-Star
- George Vescy, New York Times
- Jim Caple, ESPN
- Gary Cohen, SportsNet NY (SNY)
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets is one of the premier pitchers in baseball. In 2012 he became the first knuckleballer to win the National League Cy Young Award, major league baseball’s highest honor for a pitcher. Immensely popular with fans and deeply respected by his teammates, Dickey lives in Tennessee with his wife and four children.
Wayne Coffey is an award-winning journalist for the New York Daily News and the author of more than thirty books, including The Boys of Winter, a New York Times bestselling chronicle of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. A three-time Pulitzer nominee, he has long been regarded as one of best sports feature writers in the nation.
Er zeigt, was für Auswirkungen sexueller Missbrauch in der Kindheit haben kann (Selbstzweifel, Scham, etc. das ihn das ganze Leben begleitet) und wie er versucht mit dem Vergangenen umzugehen.
Einen Stern Abzug erhielt dieses Buch auf Grund der massiven "Werbung" für seine Religion. Natürlich spielt sie in seinem Leben eine große Rolle und muss dementsprechend auch in der Autobiographie vorkommen, aber es sollte nicht in eine Christentumpropaganda abschweifen
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Coming from a poor, broken family, R.A. Dickey reveals that he was sexually molested as a child. One individual was a trusted babysitter and the first instance occurs in the sitter's room while Dickey's mother was downstairs.
The description of Dickey's childhood was gut wrenching for me personally. But despite having the odds against him, R.A. Dickey eventually became a major league pitcher. In this book, he shares a lot of sports stories. He talks about having his signing bonus with the Texas Rangers drop down to ten percent of the original offer when it was discovered that Dickey is missing a ligament in his throwing elbow. He talks about his first major league game, where A-Rod winds up throwing the game ball into the stands. He also recalls the meeting where Buck Showalter asked him to reinvent himself as a knuckleball pitcher.
Wherever I End Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball is an inspirational tale of a man's perseverance and finally finding a home with a major league baseball team.
The book (co-written with Wayne Coffey) is a mesmerizing and baffling butterfly floater all its own and I simply cannot recommend it and it's author enough. The honesty with which the humble Dickey depicts his own struggles is utterly disarming and to know the painful humblings that he went through to get where he is today -- as of this writing he is the winning-est pitcher in MLB and yesterday threw his second one-hitter of the week (sic) -- makes it hard not to root for him, whether you are a Met fan or aren't.
When the Mets were amazing the world with their sudden ascent in the fall of 1969, they were called the Miracle Mets. It was even said that "God wore a NY Mets uniform." That may not be true, but it's obvious that one of His humble servants does wear one, at least for now. I, for one, am grateful that he does. God bless R.A. Dickey. [...]
This is one of the best baseball books I have read, and I've read a lot. It has a lot to do with Dickey's honesty, and his background as an English lit major at the University of Tennessee. As he says himself, he has a feel for a story, though not so much for grammar: fortunately here he has a co-writer and an editor. The honesty and storytelling make for a compelling read.
The most compelling part is the contrast. If I told you Dickey was a successful pitcher on a multi-year contract, you might not realize how long he has pitched in the minors and what it has taken to finally become a success at age 37. If I told you he was a knuckleball pitcher, you might not realize he was a hard thrower in college and early in his pro career, and a member of the 1996 Olympic team. If I told you he was a graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy, a prestigious private school in Nashville, you might not realize he was a scholarship student from the wrong side of the tracks, who overcame poverty and abuse in his childhood. If I told you he was a committed Christian, you might expect a book full of platitudes instead of a story of a man with faults and failings who had to be honest with himself after an affair nearly ended his marriage.
Dickey is honest here, often brutally so, and it becomes clear that he is not some mild-mannered guy, but a risk-taker, with something of a disregard for his own safety: like the time in Council Bluffs, Iowa, when he decides to swim the Missouri River. He doesn't make it across, and might not have made it out of the river if not for teammate and Australian Grant Balfour. Or when, as a teenager, he took to sleeping in empty houses at night. Or a story not fully told in this book, a trip taken while it was going to press: the climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. He's a married man with four kids living a young man's dream.
Dickey is a fascinating individual, and this is a captivating book. Highly recommended.