Ken Jacobi graduated from Binghamton University in 2009 as a four year player on their baseball team. After his Junior year he got the opportunity to play in the Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League for the Hawaii Aliis. He says “What ensued was the greatest, and most important, summer of my entire life!”
Ken has just released his new book; “Going with the Pitch: Adjusting to Baseball, School, and Life as a Division I College Athlete”, a first hand experience into the life of a college athlete.
“The book offers a unique look into the world of college baseball as told from the perspective of a former player and is far less about milestones achieved and records set than it is about the process of going through college as a baseball player. Throughout my college baseball process I was constantly looking for books that I could relate to. Sure there were books about the recruiting process, and other books about Major Leaguers, but there was very little out there in between those two.
“I wanted to read a book about what it was like to play college baseball, not just how you got there or what you do afterwards. I didn’t necessarily want to hear from someone who was an MVP and hit .420, but instead I wanted a story told from a “normal” kid, like the 99% of the population, just trying to make it into the lineup on a day to day basis. But nothing like that existed, so I decided to do it myself.
“This project took two long years to go from the 1,000′s of pages of notes and journal entries I made throughout school into this “finished version”.
“Having played in the HCBL, I devoted an entire chapter to my unbelievable experience out there. I am not exaggerating when I say that this chapter is by far the most important of the entire book. I came to Hawaii as one type of baseball player and left as a totally different one. I am still not sure exactly why this transformation happened, but I am forever grateful that it did!”
The official book website is www.GoingwiththePitch.com. It offers sample chapters (including the Hawaii chapter), blogs, videos and more. The book is available in Nook (BarnesandNoble.com), Kindle, and Paperback at:
HCBL congratulates Ken on completing his book. So much of what we try to do with HCBL is to inspire young men to become good and industrious people. And as you know its so much more that baseball, its really about the people, the experiences and most importantly enjoying the journey.