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.
Last summer, I picked up a car in Los Angeles and drove 4,000 miles in two weeks, an epic loop out Route 66 as far as Texas, and then back up and over through Colorado and Utah and Nevada. I went to the Grand Canyon and the Cadillac Ranch and drove the Loneliest Road In America. I was determined to find out if you could find America, or at least have a great, epic American roadtrip inside of a two-week vacation.
I started writing about it just as an email to friends, then it was a blog post, then it was an essay…and almost 40k words later, I realized it was an book…which is out today!
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.
I wrote two pieces for Billboard:
This was a 23 hour day for me, worth every second.
The 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!
The Guardian in the UK asked me to contribute to their ongoing series – deep cuts only AND they had to be available on UK Spotify. Trust me when I say that picking the songs was harder than writing the actual piece, and there were some restless nights (ahem) over what I had to cut out.
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.