Out Of My League by Dirk Hayhurst
Dirk continues the story he started in The Bullpen Chronicles, detailing life as a fringe prospect hanging on as the 25th guy on the major league roster. It’s far more absurd than you might think. The 26th guy is in AAA, living on peanuts if he isn’t down there on a MLB contract, while the 25th guy literally can’t eat enough to spend his daily food stipend, because guys making $500K minimum can’t be expected to buy their own meals, right? The 26th guy is sharing a room on the road at a Holiday Inn Express. The 25th guy has a suite at a 4-star hotel on the road. However, underlying all the glamor of big league life is a serious amount of insecurity and paranoia about staying up there. When it’s funny, this book is just as funny as The Bullpen Chronicles. However, it’s not always funny. There are some hard lessons that come with fulfilling a lifetime dream.