June 11, 2014

Must Read: Wherever I Wind Up by R.A. Dickey

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Today, I wanted to share with y'all why I think anybody in the Minor Leagues should read R.A. Dickey's book Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball.  Really I think anybody would enjoy this book, if you like baseball or not.  It is just that good.

I don't want to give too much away, but I wanted to share how this book changed my outlook on Minor League Baseball.  First, I knew I had to read this when my dad, who self admittedly couldn't remember the last time he read a whole book, finished this book in a day.  After reading the book, I completely understand why.

R.A. had a hard childhood complete with alcoholism, abuse, and divorce.  He shares in his book how he struggled with holding emotions inside and not sharing his past with anyone for a long time.  He talked about when he became a Christian and what his walk looked like during the ups and downs of his baseball career.  Dickey spent 14 years in the Minor Leagues.  I don't know about any other Minor League wives, but that alone makes me want to throw up.  To make it through 14 Minor League seasons and make it to the Majors as one of the top pitchers made me realize so much.  I literally cannot imagine 14 Minor League seasons (not saying it won't happen), but to make it to the bigs after all that hard work and grueling bus ride and nasty hotels says so much.  It is so easy to put a limit on how long we will "get through" Minor League baseball before calling it quits.  But look what 14 years in the Minors got R.A. Dickey.  Just a Cy Young award...  That amazes me.

Of those 14 years in the Minors, 7 of those years were spent with a AAA team in Oklahoma.  R.A. says in his book that the fans were suggesting he run for mayor of Oklahoma City.  If 14 years in the Minors doesn't tell you how persevering R.A. is, can you imagine 7 years with one team and not getting the call? Because I can't.

I don't want to give anymore away, because I really want y'all to read it.  Especially any Minor League wives out there.  Although I will warn you, there is an almost (key word) failed marriage due to Minor League life and infidelity.  So if that gives you major insecurities, just stay away.  It is not worth that. My realizations with all that is a story for another day, but the bottom line is when God stays the center of a marriage even baseball players can stay faithful! I hate that it is such a part of the pro athletes, but it is.  (Sorry for that tangent.)  The book gave me a whole new perspective on Minor League life.  It is a perspective that God keeps drawing to my attention in this life.  Minor League life is not all about getting to the next step as the baseball world thinks.  There are lessons and relationships to be formed at each level.  Although living through 14 Minor League seasons scares me to death right now, I am learning to be able to see it as a process that needs to be enjoyed and cherished, rather than something that we need to hurry through.  I am always needed reminders of this, and Wherever I Wind Up is the latest way that God is teaching me.  I hope that this book can encourage somebody as much as it has encouraged me.


2 comments:

  1. So excited to have a new book to read. Adding it to my list now!

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  2. This has actually been on my to-read list for a while. He has quite the story!

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