My new book was officially released yesterday, and there was a launch party at Mickey Mantle’s in midtown, Manhattan. Over 80 people showed up, including my parents, closest friends, parents’ friends, co-workers from the Argosy, people from Vintage (the publisher), and the media. I met a guy from Yankees Magazine who might cover my 3,000th ball if I decide to snag it at Yankee Stadium, which I think I will. No. 1,000 came at Shea. No. 2,000 came in Montreal. It’d be nice to bring the next milestone back to my hometown, especially since Ruth’s Crib won’t be around much longer.
But back to Mantle’s…I signed books for two hours straight and barely had time to eat or do anything else. It was stressful because I couldn’t talk to anyone for more than a minute or two, and I felt like I was neglecting everyone. I wanted to give more time to my friends, catch up with the people I hadn’t seen for years, and get to know the ones I was just meeting for the first time. But overall, I think everyone left happy.
Other stuff in the works…
I have another book signing this evening from 6 to 8pm, and there’s a new article about me on the Sports Illustrated web site. I’m still not sure when my NPR interview is airing, but if you have XM Satellite Radio, tune in to channel 175 (aka MLB Home Plate) this Saturday (March 31) from 8am to 10am ET. I’ll be joining Grant Paulsen on his weekly show called “Minors and Majors.” I think I’ll be on in the first hour.