My blog is still being weird, and I’m still getting used to the new WordPress format, but whatever, let’s do this…
The biggest thing I did was a nine-minute interview on an NPR show based out of Boston called “Here and Now.” Here’s a screen shot of the article about me on the show’s website:
Click here to see the full article. Once you’re there, if you click the “listen to the story” button near the top, you’ll hear the interview, and if you scroll down, you’ll find a big excerpt from Chapter 1 of the book. (By the way, that photo of me with the pyramid of balls was taken by my friend Brandon a few years ago. It seems to have become the media’s go-to photo of me, and in case you’re interested, I wrote a big blog entry that shows how we built it.)
Meanwhile, the pyramid photo made it halfway around the world. An English-language magazine in Korea called Eloquence ran a huge Q&A with me about The Baseball in its April issue. Here’s the Eloquence website, here’s the cover of the magazine, and here’s a look at the gorgeous two-page spread they put together:
Now I want to show you an envelope that was mailed to me recently:
It was from the San Diego Union-Tribune, and it contained the following letter:
Here’s a look at the first part of the article:
Click here to see the whole article on my website, and click here to see how weird the cover my book looks on the Tribune’s site. In case they every get around to fixing it, here’s a screen shot of the horribleness:
I called and asked them to fix it and…so much for that.
The Dallas Morning News also published a review of my book. Here’s a look at the entire page that contains the review:
The book was also reviewed by a site called Blogcritics. Here’s a screen shot of the first part of the article…
…and here’s the link to the whole thing.
Here’s another review on a Red Sox blog called “Better Red Than Dead.” This is the first part of it…
…and this is where you can read the whole thing.
I did another book-related Q&A with a blog called “Mr. NYC.” Here’s a screen shot of the first part of it…
…and here’s the link in case you’d like to read the whole thing.
Here’s a very nice review of the book that some random guy posted on a website called Good Reads:
Click here to read the whole thing.
Do you remember my recent blog entry about a book event that I did at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse? Well, one of my friends who was there posted his own blog entry about the experience. His name is Tom Pryor. His blog is called “Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts.” Here’s a screen shot of the first part of his entry…
…and here’s the link to the whole thing. The “popcorn megaphone” is a brilliant idea, although I wouldn’t want to sit directly in front of a kid who was using one.
Another friend of mine — a very cool dude in Denver named Don Chilcote — reviewed the book on his blog. It’s called “Rockpile Rant” and here’s a screen shot of the first part of it:
Here’s the link to Don’s entire entry. There are lots of photos. His blog is always entertaining. Check it out and visit often.
Okay, ready for something really random? I don’t know what this is or where it ran, and I can’t even find it online. I have no words. So…here, just check it out:
Random! And for the record, I don’t yet have 4,700 baseballs (give me a week), and I’ve never been profiled by NBC’s 20/20 — at least not that I’m aware of. I’ve had people tell me that they saw me on various shows and networks that I didn’t even know I was going to be on, so anything’s possible.
More random stuff…
I was browsing mygameballs.com the other day and read this article about a guy named Tony Bracco, who gave a speech about ballhawking in one of his college classes. Bracco filmed his presentation and put it on YouTube, and my name was mentioned twice. Here’s the video. The first mention occurs at the 6:05 mark. Some girl asks a question, and if you skip to that place in the video, you’ll hear Tony’s response. Also go to the 10:43 mark and watch what happens there. Good stuff.
A few more things…
Earlier this week, I was interviewed by a guy named David English, who runs a site called David’s Book Talk. The interview is about 50 minutes long, and you can listen to it here. I just noticed that David wrote a review of my book on Amazon, which was really nice of him. The more reviews the better, so for anyone out there who has read The Baseball (and has a couple minutes to spare), please consider leaving some comments on Amazon. It would be incredibly helpful.
In my previous media update, do you remember when I shared an incredibly positive book review that had appeared on the New York Journal of Books website? The review was written by a gentleman named J.W. Nicklaus. He and I ended up corresponding, and just the other day, he made a 10-cent-per-ball pledge to my charity fundraiser. He also wrote about the fundraiser on his own blog. Here’s a screen shot of his post…
…and here’s the link to the full entry. Very generous of him to donate. I hope lots more people will join him and support the cause.
And finally, here’s something that’s guaranteed to make you smile…
Do you remember when I tweeted last month about being interviewed for a French newspaper? That article was finally published, and the translation is hilarious. First, here’s a screen shot of the first part of it:
The newspaper is called La Presse, and evidently it’s pretty big. Here’s some info about it on Wikipedia, and here’s the article itself. Ready for the funny part? I copied/pasted the entire article into Google Translate, and this was the result:
Hopefully I’ll snag a few “bullets” tomorrow at Yankee Stadium, weather permitting…