BINGHAMTON – Former Binghamton University baseball player Ken Jacobi will be making his first visit to the area since writing his book “Going with the Pitch: Adjusting to Baseball, School and Life as a Division I College Athlete.”
Jacobi, an outfielder and designated hitter for the Bearcats who graduated in 2009, will have a table set up at Thursday’s Binghamton Mets game, the BU bookstore on Friday afternoon and Barnes and Noble on Friday evening at 7.
His book, based on a journal he kept during his four years playing baseball at BU, which included a third-place finish in the 2009 NCAA regional, was published in April.
Jacobi, 24, goes into detail about some of his personal gripes about a lack of playing time while at BU, but he said the motivation for publishing the book was to help future college athletes who will have the jarring experience of being away from home and adjusting to college life while playing college sports.
“My goal is to make it a positive book,” Jacobi said. “I went through some struggles, but I think I’m better for having gone through it. The point of the book is to be a positive message to the next generation of student athletes.”
Jacobi, who started 106 games in four seasons and had 48 RBIs and six home runs, said he has not heard from any of the members of the BU baseball coaching staff since publishing the book, but he said he likes to think he is still on good terms with them.
Jacobi said approximately 750 copies of the book have been sold since April, and he has also done 20 appearances talking to little league and high school athletes about his experience.