Remember when I mentioned at the end of my last entry that I had some big book-related news? And do you remember the entry I posted nearly five years ago about how much I’d always dreamt of visiting the Rawlings baseball factory in Costa Rica?
Well, hello from Costa Rica! I visited the factory today. Rawlings has given me permission to share two photos here on my blog. This is the first. It shows the outside of the factory from the parking lot . . .
. . . and this is the second. It shows me stitching a baseball (very slowly and badly, I must admit):
Pretty cool, huh?
I took more than 100 photographs at the factory, but as I mentioned above, these are the only two that I can share for now. I’m going to try to get permission to use some in my book, and then at some point down the road, I’ll try to get permission to share even more on the blog.
Speaking of roads, here are two more photos that I don’t need permission to share. I took them during the two-hour drive from the hotel in San Jose to the factory in Turrialba. This is the first . . .
. . . and this is the second:
That’s not much of a guardrail, but anyway, these photos should give you an idea of what the trip was like — or at least the most rural/scenic parts of it.
Finally, in case you’re wondering, the factory is absolutely-totally-thoroughly NOT open to the public — it’s not even open to media, for the most part — so don’t bother trying to visit. It’s surrounded with barbed wire and guarded 24 hours a day, and I had to show my passport at the entrance. Seriously, it’s no joke. The reason I got to visit is that a) I’m writing a book about baseballs and b) a high-ranking MLB executive gave Rawlings his approval.
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to write a monster chapter about it.
UPDATE: The book is called The Baseball, and you can pick up a copy here.