We all love listening and reading great stories and many times they can be powerful teaching tools. There is a new book, Tale Of A Baseball Dream written for children ages 8 to 12, but I really think anyone would enjoy it.
It is a heartwarming story of a father’s love for his son and the success that can be achieved with the support and encouragement of others. Your kids will love the relationship between Dusty and his father and hopefully will be able to make connections to their own lives of times when they felt like giving up, but someone encouraged them to keep going.
This book provides an excellent example of what can happen when you have someone who truly believes in you and encourages you every step of the way. It is a great example of what happens when you work hard, encourage yourself and others, and never give up. If you are a baseball fan, especially a Red Sox fan, you will enjoy the entwining of the legend of Bubba”The Brute” Brugosee with the story of Dusty and his father, and will definitely relate to the fan frustrations!
Enjoy the first few chapters below and if you would like to purchase the book click here.
We want to hear your or your child’s stories of “never giving up”. Send us your story in the comments below and the winner for the best comment will receive FREE a personalized signed copy of Tale Of A Baseball Dream and a note from it’s author. I’m looking forward to hearing your stories!
Craig Sigl, the Mental Toughness Trainer
Tale Of A Baseball Dream
by Jerry Pearlman
Our Story Begins
It was getting kind of late, and I was about ready to call it quits, when Dusty hit a ground ball just to my right. I dove for the ball, but it trickled past me. Dusty turned 1st base and headed towards 2nd. I grabbed the ball, jumped to my feet, and began to run towards 2nd to try and tag him out. Dusty dove on his belly to try and beat the tag.
“You’re out!” I said, as I rolled over to sit up while holding the ball over my head.
“Uh uh, uh uh, Dad–I was safe. You missed me with the ball.”
“I am so tired, Dusty! I am so tired. I can’t play anymore! ” Dusty then said, “Come on Dad, one more, just one more Dad.”
Dusty swung and hit the ball to right field, just clearing the infield in the air.
“Did you see that? Did you see that, Dad? Wow! THAT’S THE GREATEST HIT I’VE EVER SEEN!” Dusty threw his hands in the air, did a little skip, and enthusiastically started running around the bases.
I calmly fell to the ground.
Many years earlier, a New Jersey sports fan was in his living room listening to his radio. He went stomping into the dining room to talk to his wife, as she was putting a casserole dish on the table.
“Did you hear that? Did you hear that, baby? They got rid of ‘The Brute.’” The man said to his wife, in a kind of desperate and non-believing voice. He then turned to face the radio and again said, “They got rid of ‘The Brute.’ I can’t believe it. What are we gonna do now?”
Bubba “The Brute” Brugosee had led the league in the categories of home runs, runs batted in, and batting average for six of the first seven years he was in the league. As a pitcher, Brugosee led the league in wins, strikeouts, and innings pitched, all seven years.
“The Brute” had just gotten word that he had been traded from the New Jersey Force, by their owner Larry Shobeling, and his assistant Ralph Schnooberhuber. That evening, the owners of the New Jersey Force were interviewed on television,and provided all of New Jersey with their explanation, that they regret that they had to let “The Brute” go, but that his better days were behind him.
Soon after that, “The Brute” arrived in Cleveland, and appeared very sad and unhappy. The reporters surrounded him and were barraging him with questions. “The Brute” was half-heartedly answering their questions, when a reporter from the back of the crowd said, “New Jersey says you can no longer play and that they can win without you. They said they dumped their trash on our lawn.”
There was then a complete silence in the air.
“The Brute” slowly looked up. It was said that you could then see the glare in his eyes, the intensity in his face, and the veins popping out of his neck.
He then spoke in a slow and very direct voice. “You tell New Jersey, THEY WILL NEVER WIN ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP AS LONG AS I LIVE!”
There was then all sorts of stirring and commotion in the crowd. “The Brute” then spoke again. “You tell New Jersey that Cleveland will dominate the baseball world from this day until the END OF ALL TIME!”
To read the rest of the book, click here.