Major League pitcher R.A. Dickey has been through a lot.
And you don't know really how much crap he's had to navigate in his life until you read "Wherever I Wind Up," written by Dickey with Wayne Coffey.
Many baseball fans know about the sexual abuse Dickey endured as a child and his storybook season in 2012 when he won 20 games for the New York Mets.
Dickey, now of the Toronto Blue Jays, writes about the childhood incidents and doesn't dismiss that they may have seriously affected him.
This was a young man who took to sleeping in abandoned homes. Trust, it seems, was a big issue with him.
His story, make no mistake about it, is about overcoming odds and triumphing.
But it's a little different.
There was the baggage from his childhood, to be sure.
Growing up in Tennessee, the son of an alcoholic mother, Dickey found an outlet in sports.
He starred in football, basketball and baseball in high school, before pursuing the latter sport as a career.
He played baseball for his college team and eventually was drafted by the Texas Rangers and signed to an $810,000 bonus, only to have it pulled away from him when it was discovered he was missing the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.
Dickey, it seems, was damaged goods physically and emotionally.
What I found interesting about this story, beyond the personal problems, was his unwavering pursuit to make it as Major League pitcher.
Dickey pitches well in the minor leagues but can never quite find that same success in the Major Leagues.
The years go by, and Dickey, by now a family man, questions the very sanity of chasing a childhood dream.
He's in his thirties when he's advised he should perhaps learn to throw the knuckeball, for him a different pitch and an extremely difficult one that can take years to throw effectively.
But it proves to be yet another challenge that Dickey grimly takes on. He slowly tries to master the pitch, seeking the advice of and working with former Major League knuckleballer Charlie Hough.
At the same time, Dickey enters therapy to begin to really face down the demons of his past.
Dickey is a man of faith and reminds the reader of its importance in his life without beating the reader too much over the head with the message.
He's also a competitor and a fighter, and he uses it to his advantage again and again