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 likChris 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.From the Hardcover edition.
The 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
I thought it was a great story and very inspirational to me and I can take a lot away from it because I play baseball and I understand a lot of what the author is saying
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 extraordin [...]
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 in a si [...]
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 [...]
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 wea [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
in a time of quick fixes and instant gratification, tales of perseverance and triumph are easily overlooked, but this story exemplifies tenacity at its finest chris coste knows well the dividends paid by resolve and determination, and his autobiography is a testament to the benevolent power of will and self confidence an all american in college, coste spent eleven years in the minor leagues including seasons in the international and mexican pacific leagues , before his debut in a philadelphia ph [...]
I enjoyed this a lot a Cinderella story about a guy who seems quite likable and well grounded his story of his baseball career, starting in college, independent league ball, minor leagues, and finally making it as a major league player with the Phillies in 2006, at the age of 33 He is now on the Nationals roster, although on the disabled list, and I am hoping that he will come back at some point and I can get the book signed at a fanfest event Aside from the personal story, this book is a good i [...]
I recall some months ago when I saw a blurb about this book, about a 33 year old Rookie in the Major Leagues As I am in this age group, this kind of story intrigued me so I decided to get this book.Chris s story does not disappoint The phase that comes to mind when I hear his name is If at first you don t succeed, try and try again Here is a man who tried unsuccessfully for 13 years to break into the major leagues from every possible angle and finally when he got called up to the Phillies, makes [...]
First off, let me say that I have total respect for Chris Coste Eleven years in the minor league is usually enough for any player to retire He stuck it out and finally made it to the major leagues What I didn t like was there was a lack of being humble Through the book, he would constantly bring up about how he was overlooked, which may have been true, but was a constant theme in every chapter The lack of modesty made the book hard to get through the whole thing I made it through, because I hate [...]
This i a hartworming story, a grate story about a 33 year old guy that when he was small dreamed about bcoming a proffesinol baseball player But one injury cost him that privalage He had a leuge that never won onces And when he managed the team they started to win and actually made it to the world serious Also after the team started to realized that he throws 98 mhp, the team and him made a promise, that if they make it to the playoffs, he has to start looking to play baseball again So he ended [...]
Coste is a real life version of Roy Hobbs in the Natural Inspiring story about living your dreams and never giving up hope, no matter how many doors are closed in your face Really impressed with the quality of writing from the first time author, full time athlete, as well I was riveted At 35 the old timer s still impressing philly fans every night he plays too I find myself fanatically cheering for the guy every time he steps on the field, and angrily muttering Why isn t coste in tonight every t [...]
Pretty good book about Chris Coste s career He had a really interesting path to the majors and it includes stints as marketing director of an independent league team and talk show host It was a little bittersweet to be reading it since it concludes after the 2007 season I do not have the book with the 2008 addendum about winning the world series And I felt bad that such a good guy is not on the 2009 Phillies that are trying to repeat I think the book also captured Chris Coste s voice He definite [...]
An inside look at the convoluted path from a childhood dream to reality, and some of the many obstacles towards becoming a major league ball player This is well written, and a fast read It reads almost conversationally, with great insights This guy s motivation and determination are amazing I m biased, but I think that it s a good read for baseball fans and non fans alike Update, 11 2 08 Now Mr Coste is a world Series ring holder Happily rooted for him, Jamie Moyer, et al, although Coste wasn t [...]
If you like baseball, if you like stories of overcoming long shot odds, this is a great book Well written in a casual style, Chris details his baseball obsessed youth and the long, long time it took him to finally bust into the major leagues I learned a lot about how the system works, and how sad and frustrating it can be You have to be pulling hard for Chris after only a couple chapters And even knowing what happens in the end doesn t diminish the suspense and joy when his dedication finally pa [...]
Having followed his career since he played for Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where I lived while teaching at a rival institution, I won the book in a bet over the outcome of the 2009 World Series Coste is a good man, a good ball player, a devoted family man and a good writer He recounts his journey to the big leagues with the wonder and excitement of a kid who cannot believe his good fortune I d like to believe that if I made a journey like his that I would remain as earnest, appreciative an [...]
Sorry I forgot my book review and read this about two weeks ago I liked this book in many ways First, I like it cause it is about baseball and I play Baseball Also, the book has the theme that its never to late to fufill your dreams Although, this book angers me that Chris didn t go to the Mets haha and instead was in thwe Phillies farm System This book is a good read for those who believe in comeback stories and love baseball.
Rated a 4 because it s such a great story, and heart warming on multiple levels Writing quality is like a 3, but I highly recommend this book to any Phillies fan, or anyone interested in the climb from high school to college to minor to major leagues Just a great, fast, fun read about personal drive, perseverance, hard work, strong family character, and with lots of inside baseball details, including some funny stories.
I really enjoyed this book and found myself tearing up with a lump in my throat several times Chris Coste describes his career very honestly He stirred up many emotions in me as I read it excited, frustrated, elated, etc Even if you aren t a Phillies fan, if you love baseball, you will find this book very interesting.
This is a well written true story of how Chris Coste finally became a major league baseball player after spending 11 years in the minor leagues It is a love story, both to his family for their constant and never wavering support, as well as to the game of baseball.Anyone who roots for the underdog, and is in anyway a sports fan, will enjoy this book.
This book is great for any fan of baseball It shows how a real person and the main character Chris persevered through the minors and finally made his way up to the majors I liked this book a lot because I am a big baseball fan but also because it shows that hard work and dedication goes a long way even in professional sports.
Inspiring story about Chris Coste who spent years in the minor leagues before finally breaking through to the big league with the Philadelphia Phillies Of particular interest to Philadelphia fans, although any baseball enthusiast would enjoy.
What a great success stories a welfare kid from Fargo grows up to be a World Series Legend Quoting Don King, Only in America.
While it s bookended by chapters that will primarily appeal to Phillies fans, the bulk of this is great for anyone who feels jaded by baseball s current scandals a nice story of a guy who just loved playing baseball, no matter where it was pretty refreshing.
I think this book teaches to never give up on your dreams Also, I learned about different baseball leagues I ve never heard of before I enjoy baseball so it was a great book to read.
Not exactly complex reading material, but certainly a quick read that any Phillies fan would appreciate I love Coste
I read this book in two daysge fan of the player suthor and he has a great story and is having a great season this year as well
Great baseball book, but a little too much baseball for me I am adding it to my high school collection though.