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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (127 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cal Ripken, Jr. Cal Ripken, Cal Ripken, Cal Ripken, Kevin Cowherd Narrator: Cal Ripken, Cal Ripken, Cal Ripken Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9780307916457
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Connor Sullivan is too humble to admit it, but he’s the Orioles’ best player: an all-star shortstop and a beast of a cleanup hitter. The Orioles are thankful to have someone with his skill, dedication, and good nature on their Babe Ruth League team.

Lately, though, Connor hasn’t been so good-natured. Maybe he’s worried about things at home, or maybe he’s just been working too hard—whatever the reason, his anger is out of control. When he strikes out or makes an error, he’s a walking Mount Vesuvius, slamming his batting helmet and throwing his glove. His opponents dub him “Psycho Sully.” Even his best friend, Jordy, starts to avoid him. Coach Hammond is ready to bench him indefinitely.

Then the sports editor of the school paper threatens to do a big story on Connor’s tantrums—complete with embarrassing photos. Will Connor be able to get his act together in time to help the team win the championship, or is he destined to become a champion chump on YouTube?

This story, loosely based on a challenge Cal Ripken, Jr., once faced, is filled with plenty of play-by-play action to keep baseball fans riveted.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/22/2014

    " This was a pretty good book about someone having trouble balancing his life. Overtime he learns to deal better with his dad losing his job and feels better. He becomes a better player and a better person in the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda George | 1/17/2014

    " This is not a book I could recommend very easily. Way too predictable, way too pat. And way too hokey. Will finish it but I really don't want to! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheri | 1/15/2014

    " Baseball fans might like this, I'm just not a fan. Topics and subtopics: baseball, anger management, unemployed parents, sports columns "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ms.Patterson | 12/13/2013

    " The writing is so bad it hurts. The upside is that the story is so straightforward and superficial and obvious that it will be more accessible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 12/4/2013

    " Solid baseball story, though characters were a little flat and things seemed to resolve themselves rather quickly... A good start! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kenneth Rodriguez | 12/2/2013

    " This book shows that you have to control your emotions if you want to play any sport. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Misner | 9/12/2013

    " The writing is not great but the story has a good message about sportsmanship and controlling your emotions. A young baseball fan would enjoy the book and a young "Hothead" might learn a lesson or two about dealing with adversity in a positive manner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathi | 11/20/2012

    " Great book for kids who play sports and sometimes lose their tempers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly Procida | 10/4/2012

    " I hope this book ends up on 5th or 6th grade summer reading lists. It is a perfect choice for reluctant boy readers who are always searching for the book with the shortest amount of pages. It has sports and sportsmanship as the theme and plenty of good writing and vocabulary packed into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 5/15/2012

    " While this is not the most well written book, baseball fans will appreciate the details. Kids who are living in families effected by the current economic situation will be able to relate to Connor's stress over his dad being unemployed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 12/17/2011

    " My biggest issue with this is how "remorseful" and quickly his temper tantrums resolved themselves. The baseball was realistic...characters not so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 7/12/2011

    " Good book for young children. "

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About the Author

Cal Ripken, Jr. was a shortstop and third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles for his entire twenty-one-season career. He was a nineteen-time all-star and is one of eight players in history to amass over four hundred home runs and three thousand hits. In 2007 he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, after earning the most votes in history. He is CEO of Ripken Baseball, Inc., a company dedicated to growing the game of baseball at the grassroots level. He currently lives in Maryland with his wife and two children.