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Every year, hundreds of thousands of children play “Cal Ripken Baseball” in the largest division of Babe Ruth League, Inc. Play Baseball the Ripken Way
is the ultimate guide to playing the game, by one of the sports living legends.
Baseball is Americas national pastime, but that doesnt mean were all born naturals. Kids of all ages (and their parents) are eager to improve specific skills, and now they can learn from one of the most respected baseball families in history. Cal and Bill Ripken have written a thoroughly illustrated instructional book that clearly explains proper baseball fundamentals—hitting, fielding, baserunning, pitching, and much more.
Based on the teachings of the late Cal Ripken, Sr., a player, coach, manager, and scout in the Baltimore Orioles system for thirty-seven years, Play Baseball the Ripken Way shows players just what they need to do to be their best while maintaining a sense of fun and accomplishment with every new lesson. The Ripken Way consists of the following principles:
*Keep It Simple: Teaching that is too complicated is difficult to remember and can result in frustration.
*Explain Why: A teacher who cannot explain why is not truly teaching. Lessons that make sense will stick with players.
*Celebrate the Individual: No two players are alike, so why treat them as if they are?
*Make It Fun: The game gets serious enough quickly enough on its own. Drills and instruction should be structured so that players can enjoy themselves while learning.
The book also includes tips for parents and coaches, practice workouts, and drills for players of every level.
From the Hardcover edition.
"The beauty of Growing Up Gronk is that you never really have to grow up at all. A fascinating look inside a larger-than-life football family. Enjoy the romp of Growing Up Gronk." -- Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe columnist and bestselling author (with Terry Francona) of Francona: the Red Sox Years "If football is the ultimate American sport, it follows that the Gronkowskis are the ultimate American family. That equation isnand#8217;t based merely on their talentsand#8212;which are extraordinary enough. No, itand#8217;s their unbridled exuberance and irreverence that sets them apart. From Gordie Senior on down, they are the Peter Pans of football, men-children who refuse to take themselves or the game too seriously. Anyone whoand#8217;s spent time around the Brothers Gronkowski will surely agree that Growing Up Gronk captures them in full." -- Jeremy Schaap, ESPN commentator and bestselling author ofand#160;Cinderella Manand#160;and Triumph
The ultimate guide to playing baseball is penned by one of the sport's livinglegends. 150 photos throughout. 16-page color insert.
Now children of all ages (and their parents) can learn how best to play baseball from one of the most respected families in the game's history. Based on the teaching of the late Cal Ripken, Sr., "Play Baseball the Ripken Way" shows players just what they need to play their best. 150 photos.
The incredible story of how one family raisedand#160;three NFL players (including superstar Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski), a professionaland#160;baseball player, and an up-and-coming Division 1 football player, by harnessing the raw talent and strength of this band of determined giants and committing them early on to a carefully calibrated fitness and health regimen .
The Gronkowski family is a legitimate miracle. 5 towering brothers:and#160;Three who play in the NFL -and#160;a Denver Bronco, a Cleveland Brown and a record-breaking tight end with the New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski, who is realizing aand#160;meteoric rise to a spot in NFL history. Another who played major league baseball. And the youngest, an up-and-coming Division 1 football player.and#160; Growing Up Gronk
and#160;takes readers behind the scenes to tell the Gronkowski's incredible story, revealing how they were raised, how they were motivated, how they trained, how they played, even how their mother kept them fed.and#160;It all started with their father, Gordy, under whose tutelage this collection of giants has broken every rule about how 21st century athletic success functions. Beyond their monstrousand#160;size, physicality, and raw talent, Papa Gronk recognized early on that a clear commitment to fitness, health, and determination would give his boys a leg up in a way other families simply couldnand#8217;t match.and#160;
This unique story of the NFL's new first family reveals the secrets to the Gronkowski's collective success and opens the door a one-of-a-kindand#160;household, a veritable incubator ofand#160;athletic greatness.
About the Author
CAL and BILL RIPKEN
are co-owners of Ripken Baseball, which runs youth camps nationwide. They recently opened the Ripken Youth Baseball Academy in their hometown of Aberdeen, Maryland. Cal Ripken, Jr., holds one of baseballs most respected records: He played in a record-setting 2,632 consecutive games, surpassing Lou Gehrigs streak of 2,130 straight games, which was thought to be unbeatable. The American League Rookie of the Year in 1982, the ALs Most Valuable Player in 1983 and 1991, and an All-Star nineteen times (the most in AL history), he is one of only seven players in Major League history with 400 homers and 3,000 hits. Bill Ripken is a twelve-year Major League veteran who played for the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers, among other teams. LARRY BURKE
is the baseball editor of Sports Illustrated
and the author of three books on the sport.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
and#160;and#160; Gronk Lineupand#8195;ix
and#160;and#160; Introduction: The Day the Dream Turned Realand#8195;xiii
1.and#160;A Star Is Bornand#8195;1
2.and#160;Gordy: Papa Gronkand#8195;11
3.and#160;The Evolution of Trainingand#8195;31
4.and#160;Gordie Jr.: Doesnand#8217;t He Know the Rest
of the Family Plays Football?and#8195;45
6.and#160;Dan: The Talented Workhorseand#8195;81
7.and#160;Competition and Physical Playand#8195;99
8.and#160;Chris: Brains and a Pedigreeand#8195;115
9.and#160;A New Generation of Tight Endsand#8195;133
10.and#160;Rob: The Superstarand#8195;143
12.and#160;Goose: Greatness Expectedand#8195;179