“Going with the Pitch” (Second Edition)… all new perspective, all new point of view, same great journey
Editorial Reviews for Second Edition
“‘Going with the Pitch’ is a must read for athletes who want to get a mental edge. Ken, during his college career, figured out the same mental skills we teach at Personal Best Mental Toughness Training and applied them to actual, on-the-field situations, which ultimately led to his success and enjoyment. A thoroughly enjoyable and informational read!”
-Pete Moscariello Co-Owner, Personal Best Mental Toughness Training
“Do you want to know what it’s like to be a Division I baseball player? Ken Jacobi lived it. If you want to find out what it’s like to scrap for hits and live the dream of making it to the tourney, ‘Going with the Pitch,’ puts you on the field from the first day of fall ball to the last out of the season.”
-JJ Cooper, Managing Editor, Baseball America
“Ken Jacobi has captured the essence of what it is to be a college baseball player. He journals his four years at Binghamton and tells the story of wins, losses, workouts, classes, roommates and parties – all the things a college ballplayer deals with. It brought back memories of my own time as a college player. Well done!”
-Dr. Mike Gustafson, Executive Director, National College Baseball Hall of Fame
“If you are connected to college baseball in any way, ‘Going with the Pitch’ is a must read. Having been around amateur baseball for over forty years I can honestly say that Ken captures the spirit of the collegiate game like no other book written. I would recommend this to any player or his parent who wants to know more about the ins and outs of college baseball.”
-Jerry Ford President/Owner, Perfect Game USA, the largest amateur baseball scouting service in the world
“‘Going with the Pitch’ tells the true story of what college sports is like as told from an “insider.” If you are an aspiring student-athlete this book was made for you. I highly recommend parents, players, and coaches alike read this book. Your perspective afterwards won’t be the same.”
-Dominick J. Ferraro, CEO, THR College Planning, LLC. 12 years experience college recruiting and placement process
I couldn’t believe how hard I was rooting for Stony Brook, our arch rival, as they battled LSU in the Baton Rouge Super Regional. The Stony Brook win represented all of the teams who had to walk into stadiums of southern teams for years without getting a drop of respect. I am not sure Stony Brook themselves even realize just how big this accomplishment is. I can’t tell you how many emails had been passed back and forth between me and my friends the next day, not to mention the message boards and ESPN.
It is one thing if a Uconn or other Big East program did this but for a mid-major to conquer these mega teams with unlimited budgets and massive stadiums (LSU had more fans in attendance last night than Stony Brook had all season), it truly is impressive.
There are no more excuses for teams now who consistently lose. You have to ask yourself how could Stony Brook, with a bunch of local New York kids, do what the likes of San Diego State, Pepperdine, and Kansas never do?
The level of play is finally evening out and it is no longer automatic for a top player to go down south. There are only 9 players who can play at a time which meant that night 20 LSU players (at least) were watching from the bench as their team lost. LSU and company only have X amount of scholarship dollars which means that a top player can get a much better deal from a northern program at times.
With the facilities (thank you Joe Nathan for your $500,000 donation for a new Stony Brook field), coaching, and players now playing all year in some form, there are more great northern players than there are spaces down south. I expect to start seeing more “Stony Brook Cinderellas” as time goes on.
One other interesting point is the 7 guys drafted. Clearly the strategy is to go after the guys just below the Big East/southern conference level and develop/coach them to the next level. Then you fill your team out with some JuCo guys. It does prove that there are enough guys in the north that you can compete with anyone.
Binghamton was obviously in a very cold climate. Tell me about the difficulty of training indoors all winter for the upcoming spring season? Did you feel a big disadvantage by playing southern teams early on in the season who had been practicing outdoors for months already?
Sure, it was very tough to be stuck in a dark gym for weeks at a time (with snow falling outside), when our competition was playing on green grass and under sunny skies. We tried to simulate real game situations indoors but it could only be replicated so much. Live at bats and simulated infield/outfield in the gym helped, but regardless it was always a strange feeling that first weekend being outside and in a real game. Literally within hours we would be transplanted from a “winter world” into baseball season.
No one mentioned either how depressing it felt to travel back from road trips and re-enter winter. It may have been in the 50’s inVirginia, but come Sunday night when we arrived back on campus it was dark and in the 20’s. It usually took three or four weekend series to feel really comfortable and shake the rust off. The problem though with a college season is at that point you are already at least ten games into the season.
When getting recruited, what were you looking for from a program?
I was looking for a school that met my academic, social, and athletic criteria. I had to ignore how pretty the campus was and/or where the school was located because these things were not as important to me. If I was able to get into a school that offered challenging courses in the area I wanted to focus on, had a group of guys on the team I could see myself spending four years with, and a place where I could excel on the baseball field, that was more than enough.
I wanted a place where upon graduation I would have a degree and baseball career that I was proud of. If that meant going to school in upstateNew Yorkin the snow belt, and going to study halls in between classes and practice, then I was willing to make that sacrifice. I think too often future student-athletes get caught up in going to a “big name” school and worrying too much about what the locker room looks like. It is not to say there aren’t important, but I think most players find that the baseball aspect and circle of friends you find on the team far outweigh in importance the extraneous factors that movies love to play up.
Ken Jacobi”Going with the Pitch” was recently on CBS radio’s weekly news report called “The Observation Desk”. Hitting with anchor Dave Barrett, the two hit some balls inside during the long February stretch. With Spring Training on their minds, the pop of the bat feels that much sweeter.