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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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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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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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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5-1-11.

@DavidWaldstein both.

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almost done.

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