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Chris CosteThe 33 Year Old RookieNew York Ballantine Books, 2008 2009221 pp 15.00978 0 345 50703 7 Hard work pays off is what a coach once said to me That quote reminded me of so many things while I was reading this book The author Chris Coste tells he story His childhood was not what every kid would want He lived in a small town in North Dakota, never met his father, and his small family was not one of the wealthiest families around However, after all that he still manages to live an Chris CosteThe 33 Year Old RookieNew York Ballantine Books, 2008 2009221 pp 15.00978 0 345 50703 7 Hard work pays off is what a coach once said to me That quote reminded me of so many things while I was reading this book The author Chris Coste tells he story His childhood was not what every kid would want He lived in a small town in North Dakota, never met his father, and his small family was not one of the wealthiest families around However, after all that he still manages to live an extraordinary life Coste shares his baseball story of how it took him thirteen years to get the call to the big leagues This biography demonstrates what a how to have a great attitude The title explains it all In most cases in baseball rookies come up to the major leagues when they are in the age group 22 24 Coste s case was a rarity He was a thirty three year old rookie He started off his career in the minor leagues just like any other young baseball player, but lets just say he had and extra long stay at this hotel hotel meaning minor leagues Every single year in spring training he would work his tail off, but always fell short to someone else Finally in 2006 he got the call to the Philadelphia Phillies roster, and one a World Series with them in 2008 He is currently a member of the Houston Astros, the Phillies favorite trading partner Coste s story is remarkable and a perfect example of not giving up This biography will make you think twice the next time you put your head down I strongly recommend this book to all readers who have a dream of their own The 33 Year Old Rookie is good for what it is It will not win any new converts to the sport.The audiobook is a delight Those who complained about Chris Coste s lack of modesty will be persuaded, in my opinion, if they can hear the man in his own words.The audiobook is like listening to a journeyman ballplayer at a bar There s a little bit of the athlete s compensatory bravado, some clubhouse story laughs, and other odd details and pacing.If that sounds like a motivational night for you, it s The 33 Year Old Rookie is good for what it is It will not win any new converts to the sport.The audiobook is a delight Those who complained about Chris Coste s lack of modesty will be persuaded, in my opinion, if they can hear the man in his own words.The audiobook is like listening to a journeyman ballplayer at a bar There s a little bit of the athlete s compensatory bravado, some clubhouse story laughs, and other odd details and pacing.If that sounds like a motivational night for you, it s a worthwhile read If you re not a baseball fan, you won t get a ton out of it This book was a really good book.I really liked this book because it tells u about the struggles some players go through to make it to the MLB.It teaches you that no matter the struggles that you face never give up because if you don t you will achieve your goals someday.I recommend this book to anyone who loves baseball and anyone who likes a good story. Chris Coste dreamed of playing major league baseball from the age of seven But after eleven grueling years in the minors, a spot on a major league roster still seemed just out of his reach until that fateful call came from the Philadelphia Phillies in May 2006 At age thirty three going on eighty , Coste was finally heading to the big time.The 33 Year Old Rookie is like a real life Rocky, an unforgettable and inspirational story of one man s unwavering pursuit of a lifelong goal Beginning i Chris Coste dreamed of playing major league baseball from the age of seven But after eleven grueling years in the minors, a spot on a major league roster still seemed just out of his reach until that fateful call came from the Philadelphia Phillies in May 2006 At age thirty three going on eighty , Coste was finally heading to the big time.The 33 Year Old Rookie is like a real life Rocky, an unforgettable and inspirational story of one man s unwavering pursuit of a lifelong goal Beginning in a single parent home in Fargo, North Dakota, and ending behind home plate on the flawless diamond of the Phillies Citizens Bank Park where fans and teammates call him Chris Clutch because of his knack for getting timely hits this intimate account of Coste s baseball odyssey is a powerful story of determination, perseverance, and passion For eleven seasons, Coste hustled, fought, and gritted his way to his breakthrough and never lost faith in his abilities Along the way, he gained the affection and admiration of baseball fans from Ottawa and Scranton to various Mexican and Venezuelan cities Battered by years spent behind a catcher s mask, and faced with bracing realities there were bills to pay, and his young daughter was entering first grade Coste decided to give it one last shot in 2006 But that year, during the Phillies major league spring training, Coste was demoted to the minors at the last minute to make room for a utility outfielder, despite having hit a blistering.463 and earning the trust of the team s pitchers Later that season, though, Coste finally got the call up, and he hit.364 during the Phillies furious battle to nail down the final postseason berth.Coste takes us through the 2006 spring training season with its pulse quickening moments and close calls and into his first season as a major league catcher with the Phillies From tense stretch run games that kept Phillies fans on the edge of their seats to moments of intimate personal reflection, Coste s saga offers baseball aficionados an inside look at a remarkable life and career In this stirring, wry, and candid look at the life of a professional baseball nomad who never surrendered his dream, we savor the sometimes bittersweet fruits of victory against seemingly insurmountable odds The 33 year old Rookie vs The Dog KillerI love sports I love the possibilities, the dreams, the striving Athletes manifest determination, grit, and desire on a mental, spiritual, and physical level unmatched in any other arena More than anything, I m thankful for the inspiration, and many times, the absolute wonder of some athletes accomplishments And sometimes I m crestfallen and or disgusted by their downfalls.This year, we were blessed with witnessing Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt s God The 33 year old Rookie vs The Dog KillerI love sports I love the possibilities, the dreams, the striving Athletes manifest determination, grit, and desire on a mental, spiritual, and physical level unmatched in any other arena More than anything, I m thankful for the inspiration, and many times, the absolute wonder of some athletes accomplishments And sometimes I m crestfallen and or disgusted by their downfalls.This year, we were blessed with witnessing Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt s God like victories at the Olympics I was terribly saddened by Ryan Shay s untimely death during the Men s Olympic Marathon Trials I was also deeply disappointed by Marion Jones disgrace and subsequent sentencing of six months in prison for lying about using steroids and a check fraud scam.The behavior of athletes does influence us They are role models They should be held to a higher standard There could not be two athletesat the opposite ends of the spectrum than former NFL player Michael Vick and Philadelphia Phillies catcher Chris Coste.I bring up these two guys because I just finished reading Coste s book The 33 Year Old Rookie and an article in Sports Illustrated about what happened to the 51 pit bulls seized from Vick s dogfighting operation.There were some similarities in my reaction to these stories Tears came to my eyes when Chris Coste finally made it to the The Show after 11 years in the minor leagues His story was was one of gratitude and humility There were no sex scandals, doping, wife beating, drugs and alcohol abuse, or even much foul language I only remember one bad word in the whole book.Tears also came to my eyes reading that 47 of the 51 dogs, taken after local and state authorities busted Vick s Bad Newz Kennels, survived and have found loving homes Dogs like Sweet Jasmine, Teddles, Zippy, Grace and Sweet Pea are putting back together their shattered lives They are healing, and in some cases, helping to heal others.The article highlighted a quote by Gandhi over the entrance to Oakland Animal Services that I d like to share The greatness of a nation and it s moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated It s probably a good thing that I was not called to judge Michael Vick He would not have done well if he had had to sustain the same punishments his dogs survived.These two men could not bedifferent Coste was awarded the 2007 Media Good Guy Award I had no idea they gave an award for being a good guy He is definitely the right guy to win it Vick received 23 months at Leavenworth.As for me, I can t wait for Spring, Opening Day, hot dogs, the National Anthem, and the seventh inning stretch I may not know a lot about Baseball, but I know enough to know that it is an open eyed meditation It is a call for the community to come together and watch the slow unfolding of competition.The 33 Year Old Rookie reminds me that the long, cold winter will soon end with the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd It reminds me why I love Baseball, and why I admire athletes determination, grit, and desire I am a irrational Twins fan just like Chris Coste Coast and his family I am also a Sioux Falls Canaries fan but I did not start following the Canaries until very recently so I missed out on seeing Chris play in Sioux Falls.Even though I knew the outcome there was the drama of a man reaching for his dreams finally realizing them and having a short but productive career in the Major Leagues If you love baseball you will enjoy Chris s story.Tim Goettsch Rating 5 of 5 stars outstanding Review Chris Coste s account of his baseball journey through an independent league, the minor league system and finally to the major leagues as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies is one of those stories that make you want to stand up and cheer for the man His story is not unique as there are other players who make it to the major leagues after toiling many years in the minor leagues This story, however, is a refreshing read for people like me who have grown Rating 5 of 5 stars outstanding Review Chris Coste s account of his baseball journey through an independent league, the minor league system and finally to the major leagues as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies is one of those stories that make you want to stand up and cheer for the man His story is not unique as there are other players who make it to the major leagues after toiling many years in the minor leagues This story, however, is a refreshing read for people like me who have grown weary of reading about athletes who have one orof the following traits massive ego, massive libido, substance abuse, use of performance enhancing drugs, or poor handling of large amounts of money.Instead, Coste takes us through his trials as a member of the Fargo team in the independent Northern League where he was not only a very good player, he also performed other tasks, including a stint as the merchandising manager in the off season and hosting a sports talk radio show As a native of the town, he was contemplating settling in for a career with the team when he would no longer be playing, but when he was offered a contract with the Cleveland Indians, he decided to go for it Through many trials and tribulations, times when he would wonder what he had to do in order to make it to the next level, and with love and support from his wife and daughter, Coste s story is truly one that has a happy ending when he finally makes it to the majors in 2006 with the Phillies.Coste writes as if he is truly humbled by the entire experience and he also states in various ways that he is grateful for his chance One of these expressions comes when he states that he made a vow to never complain about the amount of taxes taken out of his paycheck as he realizes that as a professional baseball player he is luckier than most There is NO mention of performance enhancing drugs, a wild lifestyle off the field, or any of the other trappings that often are the life of the professional athlete For that reason alone I found this book to be refreshing If you like to read about one of the good guys who makes it big thorough hard work, you will want to read this book a fast paced, inspiring book of someone who really was able to fulfill his dream Did I skim No Pace of the book Excellent It was a quick read It was detailed enough to be informative but so much so that it dragged Do I recommend Yes Not only baseball fans will enjoy this book but anyone who loved a good story of an underdog who was able to accomplish his dreams through perseverance and hard work Book Format Read Hardcover There are many things to respect about Chris Coste First, he slogged and sustained through 11 years in the minors before making it to the big show Secondly, that he actually wrote this book himself sans ghost writer That s like lugging your own catcher s gear around rather than leaving it in the dugout for the equipment manager It s symbolic of the philosophy Coste has applied to his baseball career since he started by tossing tennis balls as a kid.Which means it s not a well written book There are many things to respect about Chris Coste First, he slogged and sustained through 11 years in the minors before making it to the big show Secondly, that he actually wrote this book himself sans ghost writer That s like lugging your own catcher s gear around rather than leaving it in the dugout for the equipment manager It s symbolic of the philosophy Coste has applied to his baseball career since he started by tossing tennis balls as a kid.Which means it s not a well written book but it s not like this guy is Yogi Berra What it lacks in literary value, it makes up for with heart, which is something I truly believe baseball has over all other major American sports some may mistake guts for heart in the NHL In no other sport do you have to be humbled by the minor league process and ordeal and then truly feel your humanity when you stand in the shadows of the greats, like under the Green Monster, for example I enjoyed this book tremendously because Coste describes every moment like a true baseball fan and aspiring big leaguer, and you feel like the batting glove stuffed in his back pocket because you re with him every step of the way The frustrations and heartbreaks are tremendous, and then you realize it s just this one guy how manydreams are out there in the Independent Leagues I d say this book is best appreciated by baseball fans, and containsinformation about life in the minor leagues than any casual observer would care to know But, it ll keep you honest And maybe you won t be as quick to boo the next time a guy goes o fer at the plate (FREE PDF) ´ The 33-Year-Old Rookie: How I Finally Made it to the Big Leagues After Eleven Years in the Minors ⚠ Chris Coste dreamed of playing major league baseball from the age of seven But after eleven grueling years in the minors, a spot on a major league roster still seemed just out of his reach until that fateful call came from the Philadelphia Phillies in MayAt age thirty three going on eighty , Coste was finally heading to the big timeTheYear Old Rookie is like a real life Rocky, an unforgettable and inspirational story of one man s unwavering pursuit of a lifelong goal Beginning in a single parent home in Fargo, North Dakota, and ending behind home plate on the flawless diamond of the Phillies Citizens Bank Park where fans and teammates call him Chris Clutch because of his knack for getting timely hits this intimate account of Coste s baseball odyssey is a powerful story of determination, perseverance, and passion For eleven seasons, Coste hustled, fought, and gritted his way to his breakthrough and never lost faith in his abilities Along the way, he gained the affection and admiration of baseball fans from Ottawa and Scranton to various Mexican and Venezuelan cities Battered by years spent behind a catcher s mask, and faced with bracing realities there were bills to pay, and his young daughter was entering first grade Coste decided to give it one last shot inBut that year, during the Phillies major league spring training, Coste was demoted to the minors at the last minute to make room for a utility outfielder, despite having hit a blistering and earning the trust of the team s pitchers Later that season, though, Coste finally got the call up, and he hit during the Phillies furious battle to nail down the final postseason berthCoste takes us through thespring training season with its pulse quickening moments and close calls and into his first season as a major league catcher with the Phillies From tense stretch run games that kept Phillies fans on the edge of their seats to moments of intimate personal reflection, Coste s saga offers baseball aficionados an inside look at a remarkable life and career In this stirring, wry, and candid look at the life of a professional baseball nomad who never surrendered his dream, we savor the sometimes bittersweet fruits of victory against seemingly insurmountable odds From the Hardcover edition I listened to the audio version and finished it over one weekend I don t usually read books about sports figures They have a mentality I just don t get I m not quite sure why I chose this book maybe it was just the memory of Dennis Quaid in the movie he has the absolutely best smile The movie is terrific, no question, but the book is even better While the movie is about a man s dream and about baseball, the book is about a man s life as he learns to live without the dream and with reali I listened to the audio version and finished it over one weekend I don t usually read books about sports figures They have a mentality I just don t get I m not quite sure why I chose this book maybe it was just the memory of Dennis Quaid in the movie he has the absolutely best smile The movie is terrific, no question, but the book is even better While the movie is about a man s dream and about baseball, the book is about a man s life as he learns to live without the dream and with reality There s so much to love about this book I hardly know where to start I think his honesty about his relationship with his wife and how hard they worked to save their marriage should be helpful to anybody who s trying to create a life with someone else I loved seeing the difference between the young talented hotshot playing baseball, loaded with talent but also with immaturity, and the older man who had a lotgoing for him than just a good arm I think what I love most was seeing how all the disappointments in his life led him forward into unexpected places When he no longer had baseball, he found out that he actually liked school and science and that he was good with people, especially students Not just as a coach but as a teacher Even after his second experience playing baseball, he once again found himself in a rather surprising place, as a motivational speaker I can believe it Author Chris Coste did a terrific job making it Jim Morris s book Jim s voice is clear all the way through