Saturday, June 21, 2008

33-Year-Old-Rookie: Chris Coste

My work schedule has been a little nuts. Time spent on trains and planes has been tolerable because of my recent choices in reading materials.

Being a huge baseball fan and sap for an underdog, buying Chris Coste's "The 33-Year-Old- Rookie" was a no-brainer. 

I knew the story. I lived through the games. Every time Coste's name flashed on the Scoreboard, talk in the stands turned to his story. He always receives a hearty Philly cheer. Philly Phans are tough but loyal.  Will Coste land in Cooperstown? Unlikely, but who cares? We love the guy who succeeds against the odds.

That did not stop me from crying and cheering while sucking in this feel good story. 

A must read for anyone chasing a dream.


Trakker said...

Thanks for the heads up, Sally. I've followed Chris's career since he was in the Indian's organization. When he finally made it to the bigs and promptly went 0-13, I was crushed, but he's for real now.

I believe there should be a wing in Cooperstown dedicated to players like Chris (and Pete Gray, the one-armed outfielder in the 40s), players who made it against the odds. That's where I would hang out.

I will definitely buy his book.

Sally Hemings in Paris said...

I agree with your suggestion. Too often the good guys get forgotten.

Be warned my friend, you will find yourself choking up.

Trakker said...

I just finished the book this a coffee house...and yes, I found tears welling threatening to embarrass me, but who cares. I couldn't help notice his modest background, the youth of his mother, growing up without a father, and the strength of his love for his family.

Sally Hemings in Paris said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the book. It takes a real man to tear up in public.