The Eastside Kid

Passion of a Gamer

by John F. DeCosta



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/3/2011

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 352
ISBN : 9781426954696
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 352
ISBN : 9781426954689
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 352
ISBN : 9781426954702

About the Book

Baseball was everything and everywhere in the 1950s on the east side of Brockton, Massachusetts. In The Eastside Kid, author John DeCosta tells what it was like growing up in that era and what the game of baseball has meant to his life. This memoir describes DeCosta’s baseball experiences both as a youngster and as an adult, and it shows how this passion shaped him. With photographs included, The Eastside Kid shares DeCosta’s life story from 1957 to 2011, including details about his Catholic family, his love for animals, his first job, serving in the military in Korea, dealing with heart problems, and his continued participation in baseball. From the sandlot to Little League to adult amateur baseball, The Eastside Kid provides an inside view of how deeply baseball beats in the heart of John DeCosta.

About the Author

My love for baseball had started before school age as I developed and loved the game as I excelled and built memories for a lifetime. Unfortunately for me, that had ended early and forced me to stop playing baseball, due to a wrist tumor formed from throwing curve balls at a young developing age. My passion and love for baseball continued to form an inner spirit that clawed at my heart for over thirty five years; andlater in life, I once again found baseball and attacked it with a vengeance. My comeback has been heart warming, full throttle, green light; take no prisoners as I share my story with you from 1957 to 2009. My story begins on the eastside of Brockton, Massachusetts- and leads to my present basebal experiences and life. Being an eastside kid has had a very special meaning for me as well as other real eatside kids. Its not that we were tough- I guess it was the true grit, attitude, unity and loyalty to our friends at the sandlots, bonding with teammates, and neighborhoods as we formed a bond to each other as similar as I had shared in my Military career. I share my fight with heart condition, comebacks, injuries and an inside and personal look on how baseball beats in my heart. Along the way I talk about life growing up in the fifties, work ethics, family values and my love for animals and experiences as well as from being a paratrooper in the Military. My dream is to make a difference, set examples, and inspire others to enjoy the game of baseball. My love for the game has been rewarding, baseball has been my heartbeat, and my passion os for the game as “I am the kid from the eastside” So follow the seams of the baseball nad imagine the ball bounce from bat to glove and experience through my eyes and listen to my heartbeat. My passion is alive and well as I am always ready for another game. Come to this website to listen to radio interview; This interview talks about,The Eastside Kid in detail and shares intimate situations and view of feeling John F DeCosta's story.