The 33-year-old Rookie: My 13-year Journey from the Minor Leagues to the World Series

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Ballantine Books, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 225 pages
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 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.
 

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A very interesting read regarding the trials & tribulations for the journey to the big leagues! Good stories regarding the ups and downs along the way! Read full review

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What I really loved about this book was Coste's voice throughout: the straightforward yet very personal and intense narrative, coupled with the deadpan bits of humor that left me laughing hysterically ... Read full review

Contents

Spring Training 2006
3
No Ordinary FourteenYearOld
39
My Kishwaukee Nightmare
50
Back in the Batters Box
65
A First Shot at Pro Ball
71
Becoming a RedHawk
82
The 1996 FargoMoorhead RedHawks
99
Big Fish in a Small Pond 15
115
Breakthrough Season
129
MinorLeague Stiff
138
Getting the Call
155
The 2006 BigLeague Season
162
Afterword The Dream Continues Acknowledgments
224
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About the author (2009)

Chris Coste was an All-American at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and played five seasons in various independent leagues before finally getting a shot with the Cleveland Indians’ organization in 2000. From there, he moved to the minor league systems of the Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, and Philadelphia Phillies. Coste was awarded the 2006 Dallas Green Award for Special Achievement and the 2007 Media Good Guy Award in the Philadelphia area. He lives in Fargo, North Dakota, with his wife, Marcia, and their daughter, Casey.

www.christcoste.com


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