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

Hard To Grip: A Memoir of Youth, Baseball, and Chronic Illness Author Emil DeAndreis
ISBN-10 194315614X
ISBN-13 9781943156146
Year 2017-04-01
Pages 326
Language English
Publisher Schaffner Press, Inc.
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In 2008 after a record breaking career as a D1 college baseball player Emil DeAndreis life seemed set He was twenty three in great shape and had just been offered a contract to pitch professionally in Europe Then his body fell apart It started with elbow stiffness then swelling in his wrist Soon his fingers were too bloated to grip a baseball He had Rheumatoid Arthritis a disease that causes swelling and eventual deterioration of the joints mostly targeting old people and women Hard To Grip tells the story of a young mans body giving out when he needs it most It chronicles an ascending sports career the ups and downs of life in the NCAA and the challenges of letting go of pro baseball due to a dehumanizing condition In a series of humorous anecdotes Emil takes the reader on his bittersweet journey of a young mans having to grapple with an old womans disease From striking out future major leaguer All Stars to sitting in support groups from breaking university records to barely making it up the stairs from language barriers with Chinese healers to figuring out how to be employed as a vegetable this book unveils the disease with humor and fearless honesty through the eyes of an unlikely victim This memoir is an honest rueful and at times hilarious story about learning to come to terms with a new reality and an inspiring account of how Emil learned to run with the disease and not from it

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