SIDELINED, based on the book Conquering Life's Curves, is
the real life story of one man, well on his way to realizing
his dreams, when a sudden detour spins his life out of control.
Ed Hearn grew up with a gift for baseball. With the support
of his family, that gift grew into a reality. On his graduation
day from high school, Ed was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies,
beginning a journey he had dreamed about his entire life.
Life on the road in the minor leagues is bittersweet. For
a young man straight out of high school, it's a battle of
heartache and determination to make it to big leagues. From
someone who has lived it, Sidelined visually takes us into
the real life of a baseball player before the fame and fortune.
Into the mischief and pranks, the losses and successes and
the lifelong bonds built along the way. Ed had what it takes
to persevere and reached crowning success as a member of the
1886 New York Mets championship team. Following that, he was
signed as starting catcher for the Kansas City Royals. Finally,
Hearn had established himself as a Major League ballplayer.
His future looked bright. But you never know what challenges
life has in store for you.
Suddenly, after finding the woman he loves and embarking
on what should be the most successful period in his life,
the fairy tale comes crashing down. His perfect world is shattered,
beginning with a premature career-ending shoulder injury,
then less than a year later, being faced with three life threatening
Sidelined from the game he so dearly loved, his will was
put to the test. At times even doubting his own survival,
Hearn had to draw upon his inner strength in order to conquer
seemingly insurmountable odds. Many a man would simply give
up, yet Ed Hearn remains a fighter. Hearn had to reevaluate
what success really is. What makes a man is isn't the talent
he is born with, it's what he does in his life. What he does
for the people he loves. In his darkest moments, Hearn draws
on his love of his family to guide him through troubled times.
More than just about baseball, with this inside look into
game, SIDELINED is about character. It's a message of hope
as Ed Hearn conquers and triumphs, renewing our faith in the
power of the human spirit.
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