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    Dirk Hayhurst and the meaning of being a ballplayer...

    Here's an article that offers a great contrast to 5 game losing streaks and Dunner vs Cunningham etc. Dirk Hayhurst is basically blogging for Baseball America in a piece called "The Non-Prospect Diaries" that is meant to give readers an inside perspective on the life of a minor leaguer. The entry linked above is starting to get kudos on several baseball blogs as Dirk really hits a homerun IMHO.

    I suspect Dirk's dreams will never be fully realized on a ball field. That said, I also suspect that he's going to do all right in his life after playing ball. He gets it I think. After this entry and some time spent in his archives, his online diary is certainly becoming a must read for me and I'm becoming a huge fan of his...
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    Man, that's some fine writing.
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    He was on XM's morning show last week. He's a very intelligent and articulate kid.

    He gets it, in a big way. That column really is a "must read". It's nice to see him getting some national recognition now.
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    Fantastic blog and read. Some pieces have a serious side to them, while others, such as the details on bus trips, are just all out hilarious.
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    It's funny this is brought up now bc I read one of his entries for the first time yesterday. It was about kids wanting him to get the autograph of a better player. It does amaze me how rude many kids are. I hope, and don't think, I was ever like that as a kid.

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    Very cool read. Thanks for pointing it out!
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    Re: Dirk Hayhurst and the meaning of being a ballplayer...

    Quote Originally Posted by jojo View Post
    Here's an article that offers a great contrast to 5 game losing streaks and Dunner vs Cunningham etc. Dirk Hayhurst is basically blogging for Baseball America in a piece called "The Non-Prospect Diaries" that is meant to give readers an inside perspective on the life of a minor leaguer. The entry linked above is starting to get kudos on several baseball blogs as Dirk really hits a homerun IMHO.

    I suspect Dirk's dreams will never be fully realized on a ball field. That said, I also suspect that he's going to do all right in his life after playing ball. He gets it I think. After this entry and some time spent in his archives, his online diary is certainly becoming a must read for me and I'm becoming a huge fan of his...

    Thanks for posting this link. That was some really good stuff.
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    Great reading. I would have liked to see a column about finances of an average minor league ballplayer and how what they make sounds great to us but what are the expenses that cut into their salaries.
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    That seriously made me cry.
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    Re: Dirk Hayhurst and the meaning of being a ballplayer...

    Thanks for sharing. One of the coolest things I've ever read.
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    Re: Dirk Hayhurst and the meaning of being a ballplayer...

    Excellent writing
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    That absolutely made my night.
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    Re: Dirk Hayhurst and the meaning of being a ballplayer...

    Somebody should make a movie about this stuff.
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    Re: Dirk Hayhurst and the meaning of being a ballplayer...

    This guy simply writes great stuff. Fantastic.
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    Re: Dirk Hayhurst and the meaning of being a ballplayer...

    Thanks jojo.


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