April 2, 2012
Earning our Varsity Letters [Updated]
Thursday is Opening Day, and while the occasion doesn't need any additional embellishments, we have one for New York City-area Baseball Prospectus readers: at 7:30 PM, Steven Goldman and I will be reading from our latest tome, Extra Innings, which officially hits the streets this week. We'll be doing so as part of the Gelf Magazine monthly Varsity Letters series, which played host to Steve and Jonah Keri back in 2007, when Extra Innings' prequel, the popular Baseball Between the Numbers, was the newest game in town. Afterwards, we'll take questions from the audience.
The event will take place at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge at 158 Bleecker Street in Manhattan's Greenwich Village (between Thompson and Sullivan Streets; see the map here), so of course Steve will be modeling his collection of berets while playing the upright bass to accompany my readings of jazz poetry (OKAY, OKAY, we promise none of that if you actually show up). We'll have books for sale, and are hoping to arrange a means of giving away a free copy or two. I should also point out that Le Poisson Rouge is a bar, so you'll be able to quench your thirst while we read, though please note that I will be grading you on the brand of beer you drink, using the traditional 20-80 scouting scale. Doors open at 7 PM.
Also on the bill that night will be New York Times columnist Dan Barry, author of Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game, and Glenn Stout, author of Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year; and editor of the Best American Sports Writing series since like forever. One's got a Pulitzer to his name, the other a Seymour Medal, but neither of them can make VORP swing like we can, Daddy-O.
In conjunction with the appearance, Varsity Letters host Michael Gluckstadt interviewed the two of us about the state of sabermetrics and baseball writing.
We hope to see you Thursday!