Well, now I get to approach people I barely know at parties and casually work into every conversation that I'm a published author of a book. I'm actually only the author of one chapter of said book, but I doubt they're gonna call me on it.
The name of this book is The Hall Of Nearly Great, and each of its chapters is dedicated to a baseball player who was notable and/or beloved, but not quite good enough to merit induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
I wrote my chapter about Lonnie Smith, a player who:
- once tackled the Phillie Phanatic to the ground for making fun of him,
- plotted to murder his general manager, John Schuerholz, and even went as far as to buy the gun,
- while playing in the 1991 World Series, committed one of the worst fuck-ups in the history of baseball,
and experienced many other unbelievable things. He had one of the weirdest, most interesting baseball lives anyone has ever had. I'm proud of what I wrote, and I hope I did him justice.
I got to write alongside some pretty incredible baseball writers: Rob Neyer, Joe Posnanski, Will Leitch, Jonah Keri ... too many to mention here, really.
It's a $12 ebook, and it's DRM-free. If y'all are inclined to check it out, I hope you enjoy. If you don't buy it I'm going to drive to your house and kill you.