Book Review-The Life and Times of Babe Ruth by Leigh Montville

I recently read The Life and Times of Babe Ruth, and thought it was a very interesting story on the greatest baseball player of all time. I feel this book taught me a lot about what someone will do when thrown out into the world as a young man after being sheltered all throughout childhood. This book details his childhood as an orphan, all the way to his experience before his death from cancer in 1948.

Ruth never had a secure life as a child or even as a young adult. His baseball success had made up for it, though. He was admired by those who were not his teammates and coaches. Ruth was larger than life to the public. However, those who dealt with him detailed how difficult he was to live and play with. He was considered a rebellious child who was always in trouble with the nuns at St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys. He would drink heavily and consume multiple hot dogs before every game. Ruth would always have mistresses in his hotel room, and show up late to practice each day. He was the kind of person who did what he wanted. However, Ruth also had a soft spot for children. There was a side of him that was very giving and generous. The Life and Times of Babe Ruth details the many facets of his personality. There is still much ‘fog’ over his early childhood. Why did he end up there? No one may ever know.

The Life and Times of Babe Ruth was a very entertaining read and would recommend to anyone who is interested in baseball history or loves to be entertained by great stories. Ruth was a legend who people really did not know much about behind the scenes. He was known to have a bit of a temper, and getting on his bad side was a dangerous place to be. However, he was very naive and had to learn later in life about street smarts. If you buy this book, I promise you will be very entertained. Thanks for reading!

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Book Review-Coming Back Stronger by Drew Brees

Coming Back Stronger by Drew Brees is an incredible story of coming out on top in the midst of hard times. We all know him as a very successful public figure and a star quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. However, he would not be here if not for the injuries he has overcome and the hardships he faced during childhood. Brees is an insipiration to not just the National Football League, but the whole community as well.

After suffering a nearly career-ending injury playing high school football in west Texas, Brees became a star quarterback at Purdue. He led the team to the Rose Bowl in 2000. Expected to be a top 10 pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, he slipped to 33rd overall in the 2nd round. San Diego Chargers Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer was really impressed with Brees work ethic to where the franchise decided to take a flyer on him. After sitting on the bench his rookie season, Brees would beat out Quarterback Doug Flutie during training camp for the starting quarterback position before the 2002 season. Flutie would give Brees the best advice moving forward: “never let your backup see the field.”

After a horrific shoulder injury in the 2005 season finale, the San Diego Chargers decided not to bring Brees back. He would eventually end up signing with the New Orleans Saints for the 2006 season, a year after the horrific Hurricane Katrina storm devastated the city. With his deep faith in God, Brees felt a calling to bring the Saints to a winning standard for the city of New Orleans. After spending 7 months rehabbing his torn rotator cuff, Brees led the Saints to a surprising NFC South Division title along with a first-round bye. The Saints toppled the Eagles in the NFC Divisional game, and rode all the way to Chicago to face Brian Urlacher and the Bears in the NFC Championship Game. Chicago would go on to prevail 39-14 in that game. The Saints would go on to make the playoffs again in the 2009 season, and end up victorious over the Indianapolis Colts for the first Super Bowl victory in franchise history.

I highly recommend the book, Coming Back Stronger, by Drew Brees. It is a wonderful story filled with great life lessons. Everyone thought his career was over after the horrific shoulder injury, but he battled back to become one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. The help of his wife, Brittany, and his deep faith with God, helped propel him through some of the toughest challenges in his life. I learned so many things from this book that I was able to apply to my own life. I hope you buy this wonderful book, because it is a great story anyone can benefit from. Happy reading!

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My November 2018 Experience in Columbia, Missouri

I recently had a very interesting experience on a weekend trip to Columbia, Missouri. I went for a training for school, where it was for a two-day class at the University of Missouri to become a Certified Peer Educator. The class contained lots of interesting information, even though it was a lot to take in at first. It was almost kind of stressful in a way. But at the end, I was very glad I went.

When I arrived on the first day, it was a cold, late afternoon. We started class pretty quickly and was glad to make it there on time. I was able to meet some new people, which was pretty awesome. As I arrived at my hotel room, I sat down on my bed and relaxed in front of the television that had the Blues game on. Thankfully, the Blues won, which was very relieving. However, I decided to take a swim after the game, and brought some of my luggage with me. When I got done at the pool, my shoes were not where I placed them. I even checked with the hotel staff to see if anyone had turned them in. Turns out, someone actually stole my shoes! I was so pissed! I even thought about coming home that night! I literally wanted to kill that person who did it! Looking back, I realize it was silly to be that pissed off about it.

After running into Wallyworld with just socks on to pick up a pair of shoes, I headed straight to my second day of class. I was already mad about losing my shoes and missing the Missouri Tigers football game that day. We had a few group projects that were so confusing that I literally had to step out of the room and walk around. However, a duration of 10 minutes literally made the whole trip worth it. I met this lovely girl in my class named Bennie, as she invited me to do yoga with her group. This was during one of our breaks. The more we talked, the more I felt my confidence coming back to me. Once it got time to take our test, I had trouble connecting to the wifi in our room. After becoming frustrated, I was put outside where I was able to connect through one of the desktop computers. Even though I passed my test, I missed a chance at asking Bennie to do something later! I was so disappointed! I was so determined to get her contact information, because I really wanted to hang out with her later on. On the drive back home, I realized I was glad I went, because the instructors were very helpful through some of my difficulty. I also realized more of what I want in a romantic partner after meeting Bennie. Someone who is athletic, easy to talk to, fun, and one I can vibe well with. I wonder if I’ll ever run into someone like that again.