No professional baseball player wants to remain a minor leaguer.
The minor leagues mean low pay, often long bus rides from town to town, less than glamorous settings.
The wins and losses don't even matter. The bush leagues are what they are: a place for nurturing young talent headed for the Major Leagues.
But there are also the veteran ballplayers, the guys who've tasted a bit of life in the big leagues and yearn to get back there.
Author John Feinstein presents glimpses of some of these minor leaguers in "Where Nobody Knows Your Name."
Baseball fans will recognize names such as Dontrelle Willis, Brett Tomko, Scott Posednik and Scott Elarton, players who more than filled out a Major League roster at one time or another.
Indeed, Willis won 22 games for the Florida Marlins in 2005. Elarton managed 17 victories pitching for the Houston Astros for one season.
They were stars.
There are also players such as John Lindsey, career minor leaguers who for one reason or another, just can't find a place on a Major League team.
Lindsey has the distinction of having played more minor league games without a major league call-up than any player in history.
Timing is everything in life, and this certainly holds true in the cases of many of these minor leaguers.
It's clear in this book that baseball has a hold on these players - and giving up a dream is simply not an option.
In addition to the players, Feinstein looks at coaches, managers, even an umpire eyeing the Big Leagues whose story is perhaps as heart-breaking as any of the players profiled.
Feinstein talks to these people, and we hear their stories, their dreams.
It would be easy to dismiss his book.
After all, playing baseball for a living is about as far removed from reality as one can get, and how seriously can one take the career setbacks of these people?
And yet, from reading their stories one can find reasons to at least relate, perhaps empathize what they endure - the itinerant lifestyles, injuries, being passed over for a promotion to the big leagues.