So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.
I've never been a fan of the Yankees, but always been impressed with the classy way Rivera handles himself. When I saw his book was coming out I was very eager to listen to it, and was not disappointed. His transition from life as a relatively poor kid in Panama to the New York Yankees is an astounding story. Disney couldn't come up with a more amazing life transformation. For example, he showed up for his one-day audition with the Yankees in tattered clothes with a big hole in his shoe where his toe stuck out, and no glove. He had to borrow a glove from another player to take his turn pitching.
Even after making it big Rivera remained humble his entire career. He never held out for more money, and never had big battles with his coaches or teammates. Throughout the book he continually points to his faith in Jesus as his source of strength and joy. I thought it was really refreshing to see a person who doesn't just talk the talk, and then live a life that doesn't back it up. He is a class guy through and through.
I loved listening to this book and will recommend it to everyone I know. I only wish it would have been a few hours longer, especially focusing on his pre-Yankee days.
Wherever I Wind Up was so much more than a story about baseball, it was about a guy who faced challenge after challenge and never gave up. Dickey has an amazing ability tell a story, and keep every minute of the book intriguing. I never wanted to shut it off, and spent way too many minutes sitting in a parking lot, not wanting to go into the office, or store, or my house until a chapter ended.
The core part of his story is about a guy who overcame amazing odds to play professional baseball, and even as a "good" minor leaguer it looked like he'd never really make it in the big league. Most fans of baseball know that not only did he make it to the big leagues late in his career, he actually defied all odds and won the Cy Young award in 2012 as a 37-year-old, knuckleball pitcher.
I highly recommend this book. It never gets dull or boring. It's a real-life story about an underdog who worked relentlessly, never gave up, and finally reaped the rewards of his labor. Being a baseball fan is not a prerequisite to enjoying this book. I'm telling all my friends they need to "read" this book.
The narrator did a very nice job, but the ultimate would be to have Dickey read it himself.