Josh Wilker
The Benchwarmer's Encyclopedia: A Father's Story of Usually Trying his Best for the Team
April 26, 2020 Comments.. 830
The Benchwarmer's Encyclopedia: A Father's Story of Usually Trying his Best for the Team Josh Wilker For most of his life, Josh Wilker has been on the sidelines Spending his days in a cubicle in the far reaches of Chicago, and his nights in front of Red Sox games, he has been content to let others take center stage From childhood onward, he sought comfort from anxiety and depression in the archival pages of sports almanacs and stat sheets a place where forgotten playerFor most of his life, Josh Wilker has been on the sidelines Spending his days in a cubicle in the far reaches of Chicago, and his nights in front of Red Sox games, he has been content to let others take center stage From childhood onward, he sought comfort from anxiety and depression in the archival pages of sports almanacs and stat sheets a place where forgotten players lingered, and time seemed to stop a welcome relief from worldly problems He found joy in the trivia of long lost athletes, like the former NFL player Walter Sneeze Achiu.But when his first child was born in 2011, Wilker found his anxieties put to the test how do you remain on the sidelines when a tender, fragile baby needs everything from you How do you go from third string forward on the winless 1988 Johnson State College Badgers to a strong, responsible father Bit by bit, Wilker learns to overcome his demons, protect his son, and eventually take a few wobbly steps with him.In homage to his favorite pastimes, Wilker has written The Benchwarmer s Encyclopedia as just that an A to Z reference on failing at sports In entries from Asterisk to Barry Bonds to the Yips to Zero, Wilker mingles his own story among those of famous collapses, errors, and also rans A candid, bighearted, funny presence, Wilker writes about sports the way Michael Chabon writes about comics, or Rob Sheffield writes about music as if the universe was contained in every blocked shot or dropped fly ball In Wilker s hands, it is.. The Benchwarmer s Encyclopedia A Father s Story of Usually Trying his Best for the Team For most of his life Josh Wilker has been on the sidelines Spending his days in a cubicle in the far reaches of Chicago and his nights in front of Red Sox games he has been content to let others ta
  • Title: The Benchwarmer's Encyclopedia: A Father's Story of Usually Trying his Best for the Team
  • Author: Josh Wilker
  • ISBN: 9781610394017
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. MichaelMalone says:

      It s somewhere between a 3 and a 4, but I ll round up due to the halo effect of Wilker s brilliant baseball cards as touchstones memoir Cardboard Gods Wilker depicts the first year of his son s life, and the effect his newborn son has on the author and the author s relationship with his wife, against the backdrop of a sports encyclopedia It s a tricky concept, with pro athletes, teams and games of the past 40 years the heroes and the goats serving as metaphors for Wilker s thoughts and emotions [...]

    2. Chris Witt says:

      Author Josh Wilker was first known for Cardboard Gods , a blog he wrote in which each post was themed around a baseball card Each post had some connection to the player s career, their life, or the way the photograph appeared on the player s card.I resonated with that idea In a former life, I did some musical composition I often found that doing something like that really helped to stir up the creative juices You limit your toolbox, box yourself into a corner a little bit by setting up some para [...]

    3. Zach Koenig says:

      What initially intrigued me about this book was that it looked to be a hilarious romp describing the first year of fatherhood using sports situations metaphors While some portions of the text did indeed bring a smile to my face, the overall bleak outlook of the text made it a rather depressing read on the whole I needed a glimmer of hope in order to laugh feel with the author.Basically, Benchwarmer is a book about a man s first year as a fatherjust in sports almanac format It proceeds as a serio [...]

    4. Jay says:

      Benchwarmer s Encyclopedia interested me initially because the author had previously written a book about baseball cards, and I expected a baseball focus in this book dealing with the author being a new Dad It really wasn t that Instead, Wilker describes his play in a college basketball team as a benchwarmer He then talked about benchwarmers in a wide variety of sports, but very few of the examples matched that concept Instead, most examples were about what are now called fails , often by sports [...]

    5. Candice says:

      This was a very quick read for me It was exactly what i needed to break up all the romances ive read lately I thought the book was cute It felt like the ramblings of a dad Alot of it was light hearted and alot of it was very heartfelt I just enjoyed it I know literally nothing about sports however so those parts dragged on a bit Also im 20 so im not really going to be having children any time soon so that felt a bit slow to me Also also im a girl so im never going to be a dad lol I still felt li [...]

    6. Michael says:

      I ve followed along Josh Wilker s writing career since the early days of his Cardboard Gods blog, which turned out the great memoir of the same name His follow up memoir captures the trials and tribulation that he experiences in the first year of his son s life Though self deprecating, Wilker does a pretty good job giving a view into the self doubt that someone might experience as a new dad He references is own athletic failures and the infamously epic failures in sports history along the journe [...]

    7. Gentle says:

      A good concept for a book that didn t quite reach it s full potential in my opinion Relating fatherhood to baseball references seemed a bit forced at times and unrealistic.The stories about being a dad could have been funnier and that s what I was expecting.

    8. Ben says:

      Parenting is fucking hard More bentanzer 2015 04

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