I gave a speech earlier today:
No, it didn’t take place in a church. I was in the Quaker meeting house at my old school, Friends Seminary, where I was a student from from 7th through 9th grade. My speech was about baseball, but more specifically, I covered the following topics (upon request from the administration):
1) my blog and how I use it to “market myself”
3) my new book and the writing process
4) my time at Friends and how it helped shape me
Here’s a shot that shows a bit more of the room:
See that baseball on the podium? That was the Robinson Cano grand slam ball that I snagged on 9/28/09 at Yankee Stadium. I needed to have a ball with me, so I decided to bring a special ball that the high-schoolers would appreciate seeing.
Why did I need a ball, you ask?
For my glove trick demo, of course.
Check out the following photo. It shows even more of the room:
The red arrow is pointing to the spot in the balcony where I lowered my glove. As you can see, the students seemed to enjoy it:
Moments later, the ball was in my glove. Check out the reaction of the dude in the front row, third from the right:
Big thanks to John Galayda — Friends Seminary’s Director of Communications — for taking these pics. Here one more that shows me reeling in the ball:
My speech lasted about 35 minutes. Then I read a short section from my new book and spent another 10 minutes taking questions. My publisher had arranged for some copies of last book, Watching Baseball Smarter, to be on sale, so I stuck around and signed them for the students who were interested.
Good times. It really felt great to be back. It had been 18 years…