But why stop there? Because you can’t keep a good book down.
We’ll dig in and take our cuts again to try to bat 1.000 for the month and provide snappy book reports on 30 of the most eclectic baseball-related tomes we’ve come across this past winter and spring, all to usher in the 2013 MLB season.
Sitting on my night stand are two stacks of hardbounds and softbounds, both about two feet high and preventing me from seeing my clock. No kidding. In amongst them are the new Bruce Springsteen biography by Peter Ames Carlson, “Lost At Sea,” by Jon Ronson, “Scratching the Surface: A Surfing Live,” by Izzy Paskowitz, Darrell Wallace’s “Big Fish” (the ending isn’t anything like the movie), a couple of signed copies of recent writings by Fr. Jonathan Morris (he’s the priest you may see on Fox News talking all that is Catholic stuff), a signed copy of “A Good Man,” by Mark Shriver did about his dad, Sargent Shirver . . . and the old standbys, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintence” by Robert Pirsig and Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist.”
Also in there: Mike Piazza’s autobiography “Long Shot,” Fran Zimniuch’s “Baseball’s New Frontier,” John Sexton’s “Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game,” Joe Peta’s “Trading Bases,” Christopher Frankie’s “Nailed!” about Lenny Dykstra, plus a few others that could make it into a revised edition of Ron Kaplan’s “501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read Before They Die.”
Kaplan’s book comes out Monday, and we’ll have an interview with him for Friday’s media column to get us all on the same page. Prep for that by going to his outstanding blog Baseball Bookshelf.com, where “501” is already No. 1 on Amazon.com in books relating to “Education & Reference > Writing, Research & Publishing Guides > Publishing & Books > Bibliographies & Indexes > Literature”
It’s a killer list, as will be the one we’re compiling to start reviews on beginning Monday. We hope not to kill our self getting 30 books lined up to span until April 30, but we’ll give it our best. Don’t hesitate to suggest things you see along the way and we’ll keep our list fluid as usual, trying to line them up with particular dates, anniversaries, teams and events.