“Everything I Know I Learned From Baseball” by Phillip Theibert
Baseball, life, essays
December 15, 2017
4 of 5 stars (very good)
Some people say that baseball reflects life or similar phrases in order to convey the message that many of baseball’s nuances are also found in “real life.” This is clearly evident with the messages passed to the readers of this book by Phillip Theibert.
The basic premise of the book is that the solutions to solve many situations a baseball player or coach will face apply to issues in real life as well. Whether one is trying to improve his or her work performance, relationships, optimism or just improve this book will help the reader see how baseball can be used to do so.
To demonstrate this, I will use one of the many ways the author ties baseball and a real life situation. During a game and especially during a plate appearance, a batter will try to figure out the spin of a pitcher’s curveball and how it differs from the fastball. He has to concentrate on the very minute details in order to gain the edge over the pitcher. Theibert encourages the reader to do the same when people challenge him or her with new ideas or suggestions. Pick up on clues they give, watch the “spin” they put on words and assess their words to determine the best course of action.
This short book is full of interesting comparisons like this in order to make readers see how their love of baseball can help improve their lives. It is not only a quick read cover to cover, but one that is handy to keep for a quick reference when facing a challenge and one is not sure what the best course of action should be. This doesn’t mean it is the answer to every situation one may face, but remembering how a baseball player or coach will handle a similar game situation just may be useful.
I wish to thank Summer Game Books for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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