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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jason Grilli hits it out of the park with "Just My Game"

Baseball and grilled cheese—there’s nothing more American than that, except for maybe Jason Grilli. The All-Star closer for the Pittsburgh Pirates, “Cheese”, is now also an author. Mascot Books announced the official May 22nd release of Just My Game, which takes readers through the highs and lows of his career, but also gives a unique locker-room perspective into his life. But there is so much more to this major-leaguer than just what you see on ESPN; he loves the game, his family and Pearl Jam ( he’s even been on stage with the band), all of which make him a true “Jock-Star”…

Grilled cheese time at the ballpark...
Pittsburgh Pirates Photographer: Dave Arrigo

“Cheese’s” book is unique as it takes the B.S. out of the bullpen. As a reader, you feel more like you’re getting a glimpse of his journal or even just sitting down for a beer with him, more than just perusing a book. Readers walk with Jason as he chronicles his life in the sport and beyond, his long journey to Pittsburgh after fighting to recover from several near career ending injuries and finally, the 2013 historic playoff run by the Pirates. He laments about Pittsburgh as the City of Champions, and it seems that after his battle back to his game, he finally arrived where he could truly thrive. Chapter five features an old baseballism, “The name on the front of the jersey represents who you play for, the name on the back of the jersey represents who raised you. Do them both justice”, and this closer has done exactly that.

With an impressive foreword by his manager and friend, Clint Hurdle and back of the book endorsements by Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam, Erin Andrews from ESPN, Sean Casey from the MLB Network and Chris Berman from ESPN, Jason’s likable bravado shine through his inaugural work. Sports fans and anyone who loves a good comeback story will thoroughly enjoy this tale of a son of a big-leaguer who made it on his own terms. Now it seems that not only is his performance in Pittsburgh impressive, but so is his will to win, as he shared in the book, “you are never really done until you quit”—and Grilli is no quitter.

So if you find yourself at PNC Park, you can cheer for “Cheese” and even enjoy the new signature sandwich in his honor, “The Closer”. Yes, it is a grilled cheese with nine different cheeses and candied bacon; how “rock-star” is that to have your home field name stadium food after you? But what’s even better is how Grilli played his game, and how he shares his story; he is showing everyone out there, everything really is better with Cheese…

*Pre-order today before the official release and join Jason at the Pittsburgh Barnes & Noble on May 24th from 11-12 for a book signing. Follow Jason on Twitter @GrillCheese49

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