I no longer “read it for the articles.”

PlayboySorry I haven’t written in such a long time. I get so busy with baseball during the season that I end up using these colder months to catch up on everything else. But anyway…
Two days ago, a fellow blogger made a comment about something he saw on my web site.

Let me summaraize, and then I’ll ask a question…

1. “Playboy” wrote a nasty little review of my first book in their August 2000 issue.

2. The last line, in case you’re too lazy to click the link above and read it for yourself, says, “Something tells us we’ll never see a book on another subject from this guy.”

3. I’ve always wanted to prove that statement wrong.

So here’s the question: Does a baseball book NOT about collecting balls qualify as another subject? Or do I have to write something that has absolutely nothing to do with the sport?

And for the record, I’ve never used a net. Idiots.


  1. mlblogosphere@yahoo.com

    You have nothing to prove. Don’t know if the reviewer ever has written a book, but you did, and any further books whether about snagging baseballs, snagging footballs or political machinations is just an even greater personal accomplishment. “I work without nets” would be a good tagline for you.


  2. boodleheimer1@aol.com

    What some faceless drone says about your book is less important than the makup of one one-millionth of an atom of pond **** in a watery area in a field in Horseheads, NY (a town up near Painted Post). What’s more, it’s only one disgruntled person who doesn’t have enough meaning in his/her life. Second of all, you, like every other person on this troubled earth, have freedom to pursue any project you choose that does not cause harm to anyone, and in your case, arguably brings joy to many. So as to someone who may envy your skill, originality and success, fugeddaboudit! I have spoken.

  3. boodleheimer1@aol.com

    P.S. The word that was automatically and capriciously censored with asterisks (can I write that word?) **** was um-scay in pig latin. Ondpay umscay.

  4. Zack

    Mark & Boodleheimer-

    Thanks. I know I don’t REALLY have to prove anything, and I’m not gonna live a different life because of this one dopey article…but it’s still fun to think about.

  5. thegroceryman1@yahoo.com

    Yoooo I never knew Playboy reviewed How To Snag…

    Regardless of the nature of the review, that’s awesome.

    And as for the question…

    I think they meant any subject besides baseballs, so Hef and company will be proven wrong soon enough.

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