Like most of us on New Year’s Eve, just before the clock struck midnight I was trying to think of a way to better myself and help out those around me without spending money or having to hang out with the homeless (GROSS!). That’s when it hit me: why not start a baseball book club where dudes and ladies (but let’s be honest: probably a lot more dudes) in Toronto could gather at a local watering hole, guzzle back a few barley pops and discuss the merits of a book about baseball.
I gauged interest on Twitter yesterday and the response couldn’t have been better if I was offering a crowd of Toronto Blue Jays fans a free Klondike bar. There’s already talk of adding a Vancouver chapter or setting up something on Skype for out of towners to join in as well. I also spoke with the fine owners of Opera Bob’s Public House, the most baseball friendly bar in Toronto, and they were absolutely stoked over the idea of hosting the get together.
And so, it’s my pleasure to invite all of you to the very first instalment of Getting Booked: The Getting Blanked Baseball Book Club to be held at Opera Bob’s (Dundas and Ossington) on Monday, January 31 at 7 PM.
The first book we’ll look at will be Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (2003) by Michael Lewis. Even those mildly interested in baseball over the last decade have heard about this book, and many of us already have marked up copies with ear marked corners and frayed bindings. For the uninitiated, the book follows the Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, and his uniquely analytical approach to compiling a competitive baseball team despite a smaller revenue stream than other markets.
The book is widely available in new and used bookstores across the city, and of course, you can also order it online, but it may be cutting it close, given that you’ll have to have the book shipped to you and read in three weeks.
Prior to the 27th, I’ll prepare and post some discussion points and questions to prompt conversation, but we’ll try to take as relaxed of an approach as possible to the discussion. If we get a good turn out, I’d love to make this a monthly event.
So, come on Canadian baseball fans, no more apathetic whining over the lack of baseball content on sports highlight shows, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is, leave your parents’ basement and talk baseball.