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The 10 Best Baseball Books

I love baseball. I love books. I love books about baseball. So Men’s Journal asked me to write about the latter. Writing the thing took less time than deciding on the list. Filling half of it was easy, and then there was careful deliberation between about 12 for the final spots. Still, great fun, great to re-read parts or passages, and reminds me that there will be BASEBALL next week!

The 10 Baseball Books Every Fan Should Read

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A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME Book Blog Tour!

I’m off on a book blog tour to promote A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME! Interviews, excerpts, character chats and more!

Day 1: The Next Best Book Club
Day 2: Booked In Chico
Day 3: : Book Puke offers a review and a short chat about the characters and their motivations.
Day 4: I talk about my favorite ballpark foods over at Books, With Occasional Food
Day 5: The Guy Who Reviews Sports Books reviews the book and has an interview with me.

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FREE BOOKS!

ONE GIRL, ONE TEAM, ONE CITY: THE BEST OF METSGRRL.COM is FREE this weekend on Amazon!

Also, check out my interview with Matt Cerrone below or over on MetsBlog!

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New Baseball Book!

small_bestofThe best of my six years of baseball writing are included in my new ebook: One Girl, One Team, One City: The Best of metsgrrl.com.

It was a ton of fun to go back through what now amounts to hundreds of posts and pick out the best ones, relive the ups and the downs, and just generally marvel at the fact that I wrote about baseball for six years.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

 

 

 

 

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“You Sure Know A Lot About Baseball For A Girl,” March 12

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Talk baseball with Caryn Rose, author of Raise Your Hand and B-Sides and Broken Hearts, as she celebrates the publication of her new book A Whole New Ballgame. She’ll be joined by Joan Walsh (Splash Hit, Salon.com), Taryn Cooper (of Gal for All Seasons), and Diane Firstman (Value Over Replacement Grit), with Kimberly Austin of Rock Book Show moderating.

Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required.

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My latest novel: A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME

You may have seen the new widget in the sidebar, but I’ve been so busy promoting the book elsewhere that I completely forgot about actually talking about it here.sm_awnb_cover

Some of you know that I started writing about baseball back in 2006. I started the blog on Blogger, for heaven’s sake, because it was something I was doing so that I didn’t have to send out mass emails to people. I didn’t know that I’d love doing it and I didn’t know that I’d build an audience. I didn’t know that I’d do it pretty much nonstop for 6 years, that I’d be one of the few women blogging about the Mets, and still the only one officially recognized by the team. I didn’t know I’d end up sitting in the press box and reporting on games. It’s still kind of surreal for someone who didn’t get to grow up with baseball and who spent most of her life really not knowing anything about it.

A few years ago, an editor who had been following my blog over the years contacted me to suggest that I write some kind of baseball-ish memoir. I wasn’t interested in writing memoir but I was interested in writing about why I loved baseball and how I got drawn into it. I started a short story and 12,000 words later realized that it was clearly headed somewhere else.

It’s a story about baseball but it’s also about growing up and driving around and falling in love and taking chances and having your heart broken. One of the things I am most proud of my baseball writing is how people who normally didn’t read a lot of sportswriting were drawn to it for the same reasons people like my music writing; it made them feel like they were there. I tried to bring all of that into this book. You don’t have to know anything about baseball to enjoy it and you might end up being a little bit curious.

For Mets fans, it will take you back into the 2006 and 2007 post-seasons, and I hope I did us proud.

Links to purchase are in the sidebar, and there’s a book launch party next month at WORD in Brooklyn, called “You Sure Know A Lot About Baseball For A Girl.” (Watch this space, etc.)

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MLB’s “Land of Hope And Dreams” spot

The edit of the song RUINS the song completely. It chops it up and ruins the momentum and grace. Plus the need to literally put trains in the beginning of the song… well, it’s typical MLB to do something so lowest common denominator, but I can’t believe that Bruce approved it.

It is one way to get your music in front of a new audience.

The worst part is seeing a MLB logo superimposed on Roy Bittan’s piano and a Springsteen song turned into a commercial for the Yankees.

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Johan Santana is a rock star, too

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I don’t usually put my baseball writing on this site, but it’s not every day you’re lucky enough to witness the Mets first no-hitter in 50 years.

Read BLAME BELTRAN, OR: A TALE OF THE JOHAN SANTANA NO-HITTER. over at metsgrrl.com.

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live! tonight! in person!

Sometimes I suck at self-promotion. I will be reading here tonight:

Your friends from Faith and Fear are co-hosting AMAZIN’ TUESDAY tonight at 7:00 at Two Boots Tavern on the Lower East Side, 384 Grand St., between Norfolk and Suffolk, accessible via the F to Delancey and other popular subway lines. If you haven’t been to one of our nights of reading, rooting and Randy Milligan, an impartial observer filed reviews from Metstock in June and the first AMAZIN’ TUESDAY in July. When you see what you missed, surely you’ll want a piece of the action this time around.

Our guests are two of the most insightful observers of the Metsopotamian condition we know. Dana Brand, author of 2007’s wonderful Mets Fan [Ed. note: a book in which my blog is mentioned!], will be sharing with us The Last Days of Shea, so brand spanking new the ink is still wet. Dana also blogs regularly, thoughtfully and passionately here, and you are urged to read him regularly. Caryn Rose, known in these parts as Metsgrrl, is one of the go-to sources for life at Citi Field and its psychic environs. We’re so happy to have them both.

Phil Hartman, the most Met-minded restaurateur New York has seen since Rusty Staub called it a day, will be serving up The Stork, a pizza made with Creole chicken, wild mushrooms, cheddar and mozzarella in honor of George Theodore and the (Tim) Teufel Shuffle martini, which, naturally, is shuffled not stirred. Phil’s AMAZIN’ TUESDAY offer of a free beer in exchange for a Met baseball card still stands. It’s a great way to rid your collection of those unwanted Ollie Perezes.

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