Benchwarmer: An Anxious Dad's Almanac of Fatherhood and Other Failures Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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 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?
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 55 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 19, 2015|
|Publisher||Dreamscape Media, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #499,935 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#226 in Sports Writing
#455 in Fatherhood (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,931 in Sports Essays (Books)
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In his latest book he addresses the much more universal subject of parenthood and finds his lifelong angst magnified by parental responsibility. Those of us who are fathers can appreciate the absolute terror and sublime joy he describes. Using examples from his exploration of sports trivia and his unique childhood experiences he is able to illustrate his progress in raising a child.
Eventually we realize that the stone, leaf, and unfound door that Thomas Wolfe sought may sometimes be accessible through baseball cards, newspaper clippings, or U-tube videos. His book is one to share with your own father or son.