Book Review: Million Dollar Arm by J.B. Bernstein
In Million Dollar Arm: Sometimes to Win, You Have to Change the Game, J.B. Bernstein tells the story of how a baseball agent changed the lives of two talented young men in a pitching contest in India.
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Nobody thinks of India when they think of baseball. For a country with north of one million people, they are obsessed with their cricket. One night while flipping over to a cricket game and seeing the similarities to baseball, Bernstein gets this crazy idea: find somebody with a strong arm and the raw talent to pitch at the Major League level.
Bernstein had heard from baseball coaches that if somebody can throw a hundred miles per hour, teaching them how to properly pitch the ball could be accomplished. In 2007, he finally takes the trip to Mumbai and tours all over India with a radar gun and the hopes of finding this Yao Ming of baseball.
The Million Dollar Arm becomes a reality television competition with not just a huge cash prize but the chance to be the first professional baseball player from India.
This is a humorous and inspiring story that shows how the lives of three people were transformed. At the time, Bernstein was a bachelor and shrewd businessman. Dinesh and Rinku were the two India natives that he brought back home with him to California. They trained with Tom House.
A timeless reflection on both baseball and the American dream, Million Dollar Arm is really a tale of victory over the incredible odds of success. It’s about the limitless possibilities inside each and every one.