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.

Comments (27)

  1. holy shit, that’s an awesome idea.

  2. This is so nerdy and fantastic. Count me in for the women’s contingent.

  3. It would be pretty awesome if this happened in a basement.

  4. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. I already checked it out. According to their website, the Indigo at Eaton Centre has 14 copies available. Fantastic idea.

  5. This is great, since it works with my resolution to finish more books AND my resolution to drink more. And Opera Bob’s is like right around the corner from my house.

  6. Anyone want my copy? I’ll mail it to you.

  7. At the very least you’ll be better prepared to criticize the movie when it comes out.

  8. Drinking, reading, and baseball are some of my favourite pastimes.

  9. i would be there but i’ll be in vegas.. definitely be at the next one. also the comments are time stamped from the future, this idea has torn the fabric of time it’s so outlandish

  10. I’m really excited for this, mostly because the discussion will be short. “Michael Lewis is the Roy Halladay of non-fiction writing. The End. Let’s drink!”

  11. If anyone is short on time I have the movie version on VHS. Let me know if you want to borrow it.

  12. I was totally going to email you to request a post on baseball book suggestions…and I’m in the middle of Moneyball right now. So I will totally be there.

  13. I’m sending this comment from my phone on the way to Mac’s to get a Klondike Bar. What’s this about books?

    If I’m in Toronto that week (which I may be) I’ll be there with proverbial and literal bells on.

  14. books, beers and boy beards – count me in!!!

  15. Great idea. Just finished a baseball book, but not Moneyball.

  16. Count me in as well, as long as it can stay civilized.

  17. I’m in.

    Just moved to the area and I know where I can steal a copy.

  18. I am in. I read this book a while ago and loved it. It’s where I first learned to intensely dislike Kevin Youkilis…

  19. The wonderful Toronto library system should be able to get me a copy in a few days. I hope to join Sarah in the women’s contingent.

  20. BAH! A thursday?! Us out-of-towners, once again, shake fists in your general direction.

    Can I Skype in somehow?

  21. Isn’t it in that book where we first heard of the name Russ Adams?

    Great idea. I’ve already been making a reading list from your blog.

  22. @captainlatte: BOY beards? Pfft…I have MAN BEARD

  23. @Dustin Parkes book suggestion for a future reading October 1964 by David Halberstam. Chronicles the 64′ World Series between Yanks and Cardinals. After reading this book, got a whole new appreciation for Bob Gibson. And it didn’t hurt that Cards beat the Yankees as well. Great read for anyone interested.

  24. I love me some baseball reading. It’s the frst section that I go to in the sports section of bookstores. Roger Angels” got a few good ones. Best storytelling-type book that I’ve read recently: Satchel Paige’s America. Lives up to the legend.

  25. I’m still waiting for you to swing by to pick me up for our road trip to see the Phillies, you know, when Roy Halladay pitches against the Blue Jays. Will you be stopping by soon?

  26. Count me in…do we register somehow for it, or do we just show?

  27. Count me in, Parkes. This sounds like a fantastic idea.

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