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The relationship that this book has with psychology is a very familiar one One would not expect to look at this book with a psychological view unless you look into the deeper meanings of Ripken and what his thought process is The book allows you to see what a boys point of view of a family that grew up in a modest fashion with baseball being prevalent throughout his life After reading the book and asking myself what Mr Ripken was thinking during his life and the content of the book I find myself relating it to Psychology You can see how Ripken developed into a player from his point of view and how he handled himself mentally You can see how he his family mostly his dad has influenced him throughout his younger days and all the way through his professional career By reading of what his mind interpreted and the sights and sounds of the way he perceived things made this a highly psychological book You can almost analyze Ripken by reading through the book and seeing first hand what he was thinking and personal details to what he thought was important The thesis of the book lies directly in the title I remember reading through the whole book wondering what the whole purpose in writing or what was the motivation for the book other that to better understand the consecutive game streak that Ripken now holds Doing the only thing that I know how to do This simple statement is the thesis of the book At first this is hard to believe but the whole book describes it perfectly While growing up Ripken only two things baseball and traveling Hard work and games were part of his life Ripken learns at an early age that he is not rich not specifically talented but a hard worker He takes this attitude and applies it to baseball following the example of his father
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