Synopses & Reviews
The Glass Castle meets Ball Four as Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey weaves searing honesty and baseball insight in this memoir about his unlikely journey to the big leagues.
An English Lit major at the University of Tennessee, Dickey is as articulate and thoughtful as any professional athlete in any sport-and proves it page after page, as he provides fresh and honest insight into baseball and a career unlike any other. Fourteen years ago, Dickey was a heralded No. 1 draft choice of the Texas Rangers, only to have an $810,000 signing bonus, and his lifelong dream, ripped away by an X- ray-and the discovery that he did not have an ulna collateral ligament in his right elbow. Five years ago, he gave up a record six home runs in three innings to the Detroit Tigers-and was effectively consigned to the baseball scrap heap.
Sustained by his profound Christian faith, the love of his wife and children, and a relentless quest for self-awareness and authenticity, the immensely likable Dickey details his transformation from a reckless, risk-taking loner to a grounded, life- affirming big leaguer. He emerged as one of the premier pitchers in the National League in 2010-and the knuckleballing embodiment of the wonders that perseverance and human wisdom can produce. Dickey views his story as one of redemption. Readers will come to see it as something more-a uniquely American story of beating back demons, listening to your heart, and overcoming extraordinary odds.
"Washington Post sportswriter Sheinin spent most of the 2012 football season covering Robert Griffin III's rookie year as quarterback for the Washington Redskins. This inside access forms the backbone of his excellent look at Griffin, his unbelievable year, and the season-ending knee injury that many feel could have been prevented. Sheinin's look at the positive influence of Griffin's family, as well as a game-by-game analysis of Griffin's season, perfectly captures the quarterback's appeal as a 'telegenic, multifaceted, crazy-sock-wearing, Heisman Trophy sporting, sort-of-dorky, sort-of-cool, gunslinging, swashbuckling Texan.' While Griffin was received as a savior by Redskins fans, a storied franchise on a downward trajectory since the 1990s, he was also part of a strategy by head coach Mike Shanahan that emphasized Griffin's remarkable throwing arm as well as his running ability the 'zone-read' offense, which never before had 'been run so effectively by as fast a quarterback as Griffin.' Sheinin convincingly explains how running the 'zone-read' left Griffin vulnerable to injury. But he concludes that the pressures of being a savior combined with 'the culture of football' that emphasizes playing hurt above safety, in the end, made Griffin 'both a victim of the NFL culture and, along with his coach, its ultimate expression.' Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
An intimate, inside look at the transformation of Robert Griffin III from college phenom to one of the NFLs brightest young stars by the sportswriter who has been with him every step of the way.
Hes been called many thingsHeisman Trophy winner, MVP, the savior of the Washington Redskinsbut to his millions of fans, Robert Griffin III is known simply as RG3.
Robert Griffin III was a preternaturally gifted athlete from a young age, but in those early days he played nearly every sport except football. He seemed pointed toward stardom, but would it be in basketball or maybe in track, where he qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials as a hurdler? As for playing football, Griffin first had to overcome his mothers objections to the violence and danger by making a Pinkie Promise” with her that no one would catch him. Eventually, he began to realize that all of his remarkable talentsunrivaled speed, pinpoint accuracy, exceptional intelligence, single-minded drivecombined into a potent force that few quarterbacks could rival. What followed seemed almost destined: a football scholarship to Baylor University, three exceptional seasons capped by winning the Heisman Trophy, and the 2012 draftwhere Griffin, as the second overall pick, became the franchise quarterback for one of the oldest and most storied football teams in the country.
In RG3: The Promise, award-winning Washington Post reporter Dave Sheinin provides an in-depth, behind-the-scenes account of Griffins phenomenal rookie yearand offers a unique and intimate look inside the transformation one of the NFLs brightest young stars.
About the Author
R.A. Dickeyand#160;of the New York Metsand#160;is one of the premier pitchers in baseball. and#160;In 2012 he became the first knuckleballer to win the National League Cy Young Award,and#160;major league baseballandrsquo;s highest honor for a pitcher.and#160; Immensely popular with fans and deeply respected by his teammates, Dickey lives inand#160;Tennesseeand#160;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.and#160;