June 20th, 2011
While Shawn Green never played for the Red Sox (he was a member of the Blue Jays, Dodgers, Diamondback and the Mets), when I was contacted about the possibility of reading his book The Way of Baseball: Finding Stillness at 95 MPH, I was very interested.
We all know that a large contingent of sports figures are religious, and to varying degrees, demonstrate that fact. We have all seen the gestures to the heavens after a Big Papi home run, or any number of players acknowledging God in television and newspaper interviews.
So the fact that a player wrote about his experiences on a more spiritual and philosophical level, was both unique and intriguing.
Thoughtful, well written, and provocative, Shawn shares his secrets to his success: being present in the moment, as well as finding (and living) in that still quiet place inside each and every one of us.
The Way of Baseball chronicles Shawn Green’s journey through major league baseball, as well as his journey to be the best he could be, as a player and a person. And because Shawn can live in the moment, his memories of his career and experiences are that much more clear and vibrant. You feel as if you are there with him in the batting cage, and the dugout, and even facing some of the greatest pitchers of our generation.
We read about how when he was walking his talk, he was successful, but when he forgot to live in the moment, let his ego take over, or think, rather than just be, how much more difficult things became–on the field and off.
If you’re interested in a sports book that is just a little bit different, then The Way of Baseball is for you. I found it a thoroughly enjoyable read, and a very different perspective on the game I love–so check it out!