En plein coeur eNy in life was too wrapped up in his dream to be a third base coach Then Amy is diagnosed with a terminal illness at age 17 This turns Rich s life around She has nine months She never lets anyone see anything other than an upbeat person concerned aboutveryone The Bookshop on the Shore else never herself Rich becomes the man he should have been I highly recommend this book As sad as her circumstance is she and her dad make you feel good Knowing that it is a true story helps you appreciate what is possible I could not put this book down I read it cover to cover over the holidays The most inspiring tragic yet touching feel good book I ve read since The Pursuit of Happiness I m a bit biased towards Rich Donnelly having grown up in thearly 90s in Pittsburgh Being an avid baseball fan and him and Leyland s Pirates being the closest any Buccos fan was or will be to a World Series definitely brought back wonderful memories of my childhood watching those teams Whilst those teams and the infamous Sid Bream slide are simply folklore now to my own son reading what truly was going on behind the scenes with Rich s daughter makes those memories of my own all the bittersweet I literally got chills when I read the climax of the book in chapter 21a book has never been able to do that for me Truly remarkable of the book in chapter 21a book has never been able to do that for me Truly remarkable and definitely no coincidences in how all of this played out for the Donnelly family OMG I just realized perhaps this was intentional by Rich or the author Friend but the book reaches its peak moment in chapter 21Twenty One That was the great Roberto Clemente s number How appropriate that the most important pivotal moment in chapter 21Twenty One That was the great Roberto Clemente s number How appropriate that the most important pivotal heartrending moment of this book occurs in the 21st chapter Regardless if you are a Pirates fan or a baseball fan this story will touch your soul and cast a new light on how you view the world Nothing happens on accident There is a purpose for Dance Real Slow everything A great way and a great message to start the new year I recommend this book toveryone and anyone Yes it is a presentation of the overheated macho world of professional sports I picked up the book because the books is about a man who coached for the Pittsburgh Pirates a team I root for
has worked on a few with Jim Leyland a coach and manager I respect But that is not its focus We read about Rich Donnelly s abusive family in a steel town not far from Pittsburgh his family conflicts and his baseball career Stick with it though because the The Art of Memoir ending where the title comes from is a winner I am a fairly unemotional product with a background similar to Donnelly s without the abuse or athletic skill so I was with him from the beginning Butven if you cannot relate at the beginning I guarantee you will at the The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life end I was misty and I think the last book I got misty over was A Tale of Two Cities I do not want to give away much Read this book. Championship Series that year The chicken runs at midnightThis book shares the heartwarming story behind the odd catchphrase and how it still lives on as a symbol for never giving up and proves that God can work in the life of any personven through their mistakes and failuresWeaving baseball history with personal memoir this book is one that will make you thrill to victory believe in hope stand up to cheer for what is good in peoples' lives. I need to preface my review with two facts about myself that made me want to read this book First of all I almost died during BRAIN TUMOR SURGERY fifteen years ago I am a TOTALLY BLESSED GRATEFUL BRAIN TUMOR SURVIVOR Secondly I played baseball my ntire youth through young adulthood and have remained a die hard baseball fan my ntire life So when I heard about the storyline of this book I was drawn to it I have read literally hundreds upon hundreds of baseball books in my life with many of them reviewed by me on But that was not the driving force behind me buying this book I obviously knew and do know what it feels like being the brain tumor patient facing the possibility of death or in my mind worse the possibility of surviving and being a vegetable but I wanted the chance to find out about how the people around the brain tumor patientvictim reacted and carried on around her This was something when you re the one being operated on and hopefully recovering you can t fully appreciate in detail because you re if you re blessed too busy fighting to surviveA uick thumbnail sketch without a true spoiler before I give my deeply seeded feelings after xperiencing this story The supposed protagonist is Rich Donnelly a big league baseball coach who has four children three boys and one girl my now beloved Amy Amy died at nineteen years old from a brain tumor The title The Chicken Runs at Midnight was taken from a uestion Amy asked her Dad near the nd of her ver too short life regarding his coaching style at third base Anything on that particular item would be a spoiler and you can learn if you decide to read the bookNow though the book is supposed to be Rich s life story I view the book as purely Amy s wonderful short life and as a byproduct you learn about her Father who cheats on his wife and kids who stops going to church who starts drinking heavily and try s to put most of the blame for his deplorable loss of character and integrity on others He blames Billy Martin whom he terms as Mr Chivas Regal and other baseball men for making him in his mind feel like he ll Lose His Job In The Big Leagues If He Doesn his job in the big leagues if he doesn go out almost very night drinking and whoring around despite the fact that he has a wife and four children at home He blames subseuent managers on other teams for the same thing He cheats with a girl sixteen years younger than him and shacks up with her And though Donnelly grew up very religious he blames the baseball Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography environment for making it toombarrassing and possibly job threatening to be seen going to churchIn addition the reader will learn in detail that Rich s Father abused reader will learn in detail that Rich s Father abused NOT SEXUALLY but mentally and physically Rich carries over as many do some of these traits to his children Poor Amy the only girl in the family so loves her Father and only wants to please him an. One of the most inspirational stories of sports and faith The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, ever toldThe Chicken Runs at Midnightpowerfully shows that God can work in our livesven when we think it's too late to changeAs a Major League Baseball coach Rich Donnelly was dedicated hardworking and successful But as a husband and father he was distant absent and a failure He'd let baseball take over his life and as a result his family suffered That is until one day he received som. D he wouldn t ven let her participate in playing basketball with him and her brother in the drivewayAmy will steal your heart What a beautiful gift G d gave to mankind though he took her too soon She always wanted to be a teacher and when she a child she set up a classroom their garage and made her siblings and neighborhood kids attend class She gave homework assignments report cards and sent notes home to students that needed to buckle up One neighborhood mother complained her child brought home disciplinary notes from Amy than her child got from regular school Her greatest joy for gifts on XMAS and birthdays were things like blackboards and bulletin boards for her classroom in the garageTo further try to win favor with her Father she started to play soccer on her own and became one of the best in the area she started to play basketball on her own and made the team and then the tumor attacked She loved baseball as a fan and like the Father she was
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CONSTANTLY TRYING TO PLEASE HER FAVORITEtrying to please her favorite was the Pittsburgh Pirates When Donnelly became a coach for his childhood team Amy and her brothers would spend some time ach summer with their Dad and later his new wife and go to all the Pirate games Amy being a girl wasn t allowed in the clubhouse so she stayed in the green room with the families became a baby sitter for the players kids and just like verywhere sweet perky tough Amy went she stole and owned veryone s heartThere came a point after her Father destroyed the family with his wanton philandering that Amy refused to talk to him Eventually she slowly opened up to seeing him again and would send him special little handwritten notes which the author uses to great The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl effect throughout the bookAs Amy s brain tumor spreads and she continues fighting life s toughest unfair fight her smiles get bigger her heart gets sweeter And I started to get sadder and started to miss her I found myself constantly going back to the pictures in the middle of the book where you could see sweetffervescent courageous Amy in Exile and Pilgrim every phase of her too short lifeThis book is truly Amy s book you don t have to be a brain tumor survivor like me to be touched deeply in your heart and soul you ll feel like you knew her but just likeveryone lse you ll be sad you didn t get to know her longerG d Bless you Amy This book deals with a baseball lifer but it s not a book about baseball It deals with a man who had a father who abused him mentally then proceeded to unwittingly be the same type of father to his own children He was an absentee father and children baseball coming first in his life As his career spiraled upwards his family life spiraled downwardsFinally his daughter Amy the Rich Donnelly had an up and down life with downs caused by him With his daughter Amy always at his side But he like too ma. E harrowing newsDad I have a brain tumor and I'm sorry These words from his seventeen year old daughter Amy turned his world upside down Now than ver he was determined to put his family firstThe time they spent together in the months before her death will be treasured and remembered forever but specially the inside joke that became a catchphrase for the Donnelly family as well as the Pittsburgh Pirates team that played in the National League.