Two books

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Last summer I received a letter from a editor asking me if I’d consider blurbing an upcoming book by a young author. I’d never heard of Emma Span; didn’t know her work, her byline, her name, nothing. Plus, I was insanely busy with my own stuff—trying to raise two kids; research my own project; etc. Hence, I wrote the editoe back, politely declining.

Later that week, I was rushing out the door for a two-mile walk to the train station. With no newspaper in sight, I grabbed a copy of Span’s manuscript, which I had yet to throw out. As I walked, I started to read. And read. And read. And read. Could. Not. Put. The. Thing. Down. Just a funny, insightful, cool-as-all-hell look at baseball and the baseball media and baseball as a quirky passion.

This is my long-winded way of saying that Emma’s debut book, 90% of the Game is Half Mental, has just been released, and it’s stellar work.

And that’s not all. Received another book in the mail recently from Michael Duca, a San Fran-based writer and Facebook friend. His new work, The Baseball Codes, is simply riveting–a piece-by-piece look at all the little unofficial codes and rules in the Majors that makes life interesting—and inane. The stuff on brushbacks is especially fascinating. Bulldog effort.

Two books—both killer.

3 thoughts on “Two books”

  1. That book looks good. I liked this part of your blurb “….Were this book a mustache, it would be Don Mattingly’s—circa 1988.”

  2. Jeff, both of those books look fascinating, but I was wondering if you’re familiar with an impending release entitled, “The Bullpen Gospels.” Everyone from Bob Costas to Keith Olbermann have been raving about it.

  3. Based on your review, I just bought this yesterday to read on the MegaBus up to NYC on Saturday. And I have “Bullpen Gospels” for the ride home.

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