I didn’t read the book, but …


As we speak, I’m on the phone with Tom Young, a radio host on News 88.9 somewhere in Canada. He’s a nice guy, and he’s asking lively questions about The Rocket That Fell to Earth, and blah … blah … blah.

But, clearly, he hasn’t read the book.

No disrespect to Tom Young, but I hate this. I mean, it’s a real pet-peeve. I was actually shocked a while back to read how Tom Verducci, my former colleague at Sports Illustrated and the co-author of the excellent The Yankee Years,teed off on a radio host after it became clear he hadn’t read the material. Tom is very, very mild-mannered, so for him to go off … well, it had to be a major transgression.

Truth is, I don’t even care whether you read the entire book. But at least skim a few chapters; read the notes … something. Anything. In this case, I can always tell if someone’s ignorant of the material by:

A. All the questions being about steroids.

B. Roger’s brother never being mentioned.

C. They call me “John Pearlman, “Joe Pearlman” or “Jeff Pearl.” (I never correct them).

Anyhow, that’s how I feel about that.

In another note, a second excerpt was released, RE: American Icon, the new Clemens book coming out in early May. Here it is, and—I’ve gotta say—pretty darn good. The swimsuit/Debbie stuff is really interesting. Sorta wish I’d spent more time delving into it.

2 thoughts on “I didn’t read the book, but …”

  1. I found the quote by Wayne Housie hilarious. I saw him play in New Britain, he was one of the most miserable players. So I get that he found Clemens unhittable, but truth be told…he couldn’t hit any AA pitchers that year either. However, he was fast, but you do need to get on base to show the speed.

  2. What’s your next project going to be? I think it’d be cool if you looked at how a league was really run, with the backroom deals and $$$ motivations. Keep up the good work man. Really enjoyed this book.

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