Publication Date: March 8, 2011
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Connor Sullivan is too humble to admit it, but he’s the Orioles’ best player: an all-star shortstop and a beast of a cleanup hitter. The Orioles are thankful to have someone with his skill, dedication, and good nature on their Babe Ruth League team. Lately, though, Connor hasn’t been so good-natured. Maybe he’s worried about things at home, or maybe he’s just been working too hard—whatever the reason, his anger is out of control. When he strikes out or makes an error, he’s a walking Mount Vesuvius, slamming his batting helmet and throwing his glove. His opponents dub him “Psycho Sully.” Even his best friend, Jordy, starts to avoid him. Coach Hammond is ready to bench him indefinitely.
Then the sports editor of the school paper threatens to do a big story on Connor’s tantrums—complete with embarrassing photos. Will Connor be able to get his act together in time to help the team win the championship, or is he destined to become a champion chump on YouTube?
This story, loosely based on a challenge Cal Ripken, Jr. once faced, is filled with plenty of play-by-play action to keep baseball fans riveted.
Cal Ripken, Sr., has spent most of his life playing or coaching the game of baseball, including thirty-eight years in the professional ranks with the Baltimore Orioles. He has managed at five different professional levels and owns a combined 1,032-897 (.535) record as a manager in the majors and minors. He has also served as coach for two American League pennant winners (1979, 1983) and one World Series winner (1983). He lives with his wife, Violet, in Aberdeen, Maryland, and teaches at the Cal Ripken Baseball School in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Kevin Cowherd was an award-winning features and sports columnist for The Baltimore Sun for 32 years before taking a buyout in 2013. He is the co-author, along with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., of the New York Times best-seller "Hothead" and three other baseball novels for young readers. He has also written for Men's Health, Parenting and Baseball Digest magazines and is the author of a collection of columns, "Last Call at the 7-Eleven," published by Bancroft Press. He lives with his wife, Nancy, in Cockeysville, Md.