You will never amount to anything. ... You are not good enough. ... Those stinging words stuck with Billy Wagner as a young boy growing up in Virginia. But he refused to let those words define his existence, resulting in one of the greatest relief pitchers in Major League Baseball history.
While Wagner may have achieved the pinnacle of the American dream, his story began more like a nightmare. Bouncing around from home to home, wondering if there would be food on the table when he got home each evening -- things kids should not have to experience. Despite the naysayers and the odds stacked against him, Wagner channeled all his pent up anger toward his arm and developed into a fireball pitcher.
Relying on the simple faith planted in his life as a twelve-year-old boy, Wagner s story chronicles how he survived some of the most gut-wrenching trials on and off the field, like the line drive that nearly killed him or the shocking murder of his beloved in-laws.
Through every challenge and turn, his faith has been his guiding light, proving over and over again that everything in life happens for a reason.
This is the story of a transformed man, a man whose job was to put out fires in the most tense moments in a game on the field, yet relied upon his faith in God to get him through the fiery trials of life off the field.
What an awesome inspirational read
This is a great read! What an inspiration for all ages. It is awesome to see someone of this professional level still put god, family and the well being of others above themselve. I plan on getting this book for my boys and other family members for Christmas. It would be great if I could get a signed copies!
An amazing story
Billy is a rare athlete that can actually double as a role model! Excellent book, appropriate for teen athletes to read. Kudos to Billy and author Patty Rasmussen!
Great insight on a great pitcher. Very interesting to learn the struggles and adversities that Billie encountered. Also, very inspiring to learn of his faith and dedication to his family.