Hard to Grip: A Memoir of Youth, Baseball and Chronic Illness

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Schaffner Press
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Emil DeAndreis is the author of Beyond Folly (Blue Cubicle Press). He is a high school baseball coach, and he teaches English at College of San Mateo, where he also coaches baseball. He lives in San Francisco with his wife.


"Hard to Grip is the genuine article: A baseball story about a player and his traumatic, insane, hilarious and completely relatable love of the game - and how fragile that love is." DIRK HAYHURST Former professional baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays) and author of The New York Times Best-seller The Bullpen Gospels
"In his funny/sad/unfiltered memoir, Emil DeAndreis poignantly paints a picture of one young man's lost aspirations... and how to climb back on the metaphorical mound and learn new and more meaningful pitches. " LARRY COLTON former pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and author of Counting Coup, and Southern League
"Hard to Grip is a quintessential baseball story: one of talent, success, disappointment and redemption. DeAndreis writes with honesty and humor about losing the sport that was once his identity, and his struggle to find a new one." JUSTIN ST. GERMAIN Author of the memoir Son Of A Gun, and winner of the 2013 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award in Nonfiction
"The soul of baseball is in the stories it tells. "Hard to Grip" is an inspirational, sad and amusing tale of a real life, told right by Emil DeAndreis." TIM BROWN Award-winning writer for Yahoo Sports. Co-author, with Jim Abbott, of the New York Times bestseller, Imperfect: An Improbable Life, and co-author of the forthcoming book The Phenomenon, with Rick Ankiel
"A vibrant depiction of a ballplayer that finds his way despite losing his ability to play the game he loves. Emil is a total gamer and a wonderful writer. Grab some time, and enjoy." MIKE KRUKOW Emmy Award-Winning Commentator For The San Francisco Giants