Okay, so it’s still not the absolute final version, but the cover is basically ready. Check it out:
The thing that’s going to change is Keith Hernandez’s attribution. Initially, it said “former Mets captain and Golden Gloves winner,” and now the line is omitting his on-field exploits altogether. It still needs a tweak, and I’m not sure what it’ll end up saying. Maybe something like “former Mets captain, MVP, and five-time All-Star,” although the issue there would be that he didn’t actually win the MVP in 1979. He tied for first with Willie Stargell. So my editor might leave that out and mention his 11 Gold–not Golden–Gloves instead.
It’s a total fluke that I ended up getting the quote. My friend Jules (from 9/14/06 at Camden Yards) has an ex-girlfriend whose new boyfriend is best friends with Keith. That’s the connection. They all helped get my book into his hands. Lucky me. (And lucky Keith. I’m sure he learned a few things that’ll make his broadcasts next season even more colorful.)