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.H.: After I was told, I was happy, but in that way a person gets when they’re both thrilled and unsure about what happens next.
My mom decided we should celebrate. We were poor so we went to this dive Chinese restaurant where you order everything via numbers. I had a number 15. It came on a Styrofoam plate. My mom cried. She stood up and told everyone in the place—all of them eating from their Styrofoam cups and plates with plastic knives and forks
It’s hard to look at guys that have more in common with professional wrestlers than ballplayers and say to yourself, “This guy is just a natural specimen.”
I was so nervous initiating a fight that I hit the hitter in front of the mark, and the hitter behind mark. The guy I was supposed to hit I walked on four-straight pitches, which, counting the two hit batsmen, loaded the bases. Two doubles later, my day was over. I didn’t make two innings.
That, combined with eyes and common sense, make me feel comfortable in saying that certain guys, undeniably, cheated.
I didn't enjoy DH's first book much at all, I think I'm in the minority with that. I find him dull and preachy.
agreed--I was very disappointed after hearing all the kudos here. (I also found him a bit whiny)
• Five favorite sports writers: Jeff Pearlman. Hunter S. Thompson.
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