Book: Gil by Darin Gibbycategories: Book, Family, Sports, Paranormal, World Series, Spring Training, Colorado Rockies, MLB, Baseball
Darin Gibbyabout this book: I wrote Gil because I wanted my readers to learn that the ups and downs in life are designed to teach people to live from their heart—and to live a life of compassion. That knowledge is a gift, but it comes with a price—and that price is paid as you experience your own personal journey through life. It just happens that baseball is a really good way to tell this story.
And writing about professional baseball isn't easy. I had to find a professional baseball pitcher to tell me the real story about how baseball operates. I found that person in Larry Brooks, a former major league pitcher. When it was all finished, he gave me these thoughts which I think perfectly capture the meaning behind Gil.
• "Baseball novels are a staple of literature. Something about the game captures our imagination, maybe because we view the players as better versions of ourselves, chasing a dream we once harbored. Like the game itself, we lose ourselves in the rhythms and bounces of it. Every pitch is an opportunity, every swing a herculean effort, every throw from the outfield the pursuit of a low probability shot at changing everything. In Darin Gibby's new novel Gil, this sense of the dream is given breath through vivid detail and the vicarious immediacy of strapping on the cleats and staring down a batter. Love, dreams, bitter disappointment, heroic effort—it's all here and it will break your heart as it takes you back to a time when you believed anything is possible. You don't have to love baseball to love Gil, but if you do, you'll be back on the field. Being in the game is everything, and Gil takes us there with a full count and a shot at glory."
—Larry Brooks, former minor league player
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