Just a quick and somewhat overdue note here to publicize a rapidly approaching talk and signing to promote It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over: the Baseball Prospectus Pennant Race Book. With our editor Steven Goldman on the 15-day DL with the Dreaded Gamboo (get well soon, Steve), Clay Davenport and I will take the ball for an appearance at a site of many a frequent Washington, DC BP soirée:
Tuesday, September 4, 7:00 PM
Politics & Prose Bookstore
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Clay will discuss the nuts and bolts of the methodology that determined which races made the book, demonstrate an exciting new method in which the Davenport Translations can be translated back into ancient Hebrew, and favor us with a brief encore of the award-winning cat-juggling technique that helped make him the toast of county fairs up and down the Eastern seaboard back in the summer of 1989.
That being a tough act to follow, I’ll be discussing a few of my favorite races from the book as well as research I’ve done on the standup comedy career of Walter Alston (whose running “No Respect” gag was stolen by Rodney Dangerfield, lock, stock and barrel). I’ll also show you how to cook a pot of Tinker and Evers’ Famous World Series Goulash that easily feeds two dozen people. Serious baseball fans know the famed Cubs middle infielders went years without talking to one another, but their synergy around the keystone was matched only in the kitchen, where their mastery of the spice rack was the inspiration for many a Franklin Pierce Adams poem.
Seriously, Steven and our former DC bureau chief Christina Kahrl have long regaled me with tales of successful bookstore appearances at Politics and Prose. While neither of them will be along for this ride, the evening will be no less full of the baseball chatter you know and love. We hope to see you there!