Hothead by Cal Ripken Jr. with Kevin Cowheard
I was wildly impressed with this book, and sport books usually aren't my thing. I felt this book was so very real, and I could instantly think of a dozen kids that would/should read this book.
Connor is a baseball legend in his hometown. And his team is headed towards the championship. But he finds himself making mistakes on the field. Even worse, he finds himself losing his temper in a huge way, that makes him a lousy friend and teammate. But with all the the stress at home, his dad losing his job, and the late night overheard discussions about 'losing the house' it's no wonder that he is having a hard time holding it together. But he has to reign in his temper, maybe talk to someone about what is going on at home, before he completely loses it, or gets booted from the Orioles.