Getting Booked: The Second Chapter

For the first time in history, on Monday, January 31st, forty Canadian baseball fans assembled on the coldest day of the winter at a welcoming neighbourhood pub in a hip part of Toronto, putting social anxiety and apathy aside for the night, to talk about baseball.  More specifically, they talked about Moneyball, a book that has shaped and influenced many of us in how we think about the game of baseball.

To say I was overwhelmed at not only the attendance, but by the participation and intelligence of the discussion, is an understatement worthy of suggesting that the random patron who wanted to talk about the importance of hunger to a player’s performance was drunk.  Thanks to everyone who came by and participated.  At the end of the night, I’ve never been closer in my life to saying something lame like “You guys rock.”

The second edition of Getting Booked has been officially scheduled with the bookers at Opera Bob’s Public House for Monday, March 7th.  The book of choice is Dirk Hayhurst’s The Bullpen Gospels and I’ve heard rumours that Mr. Hayhurst himself will be participating in some way, whether by Skype if he’s available or by some other means if he isn’t.

For a fair and balanced review of the book, I highly recommend checking out The Tao of Stieb’s three part post, explaining his thoughts on what’s been called the modern day Ball Four.

Who: You, me and everyone we know.
What: Getting Booked: The Getting Blanked Baseball Book Club Chapter Two.
Why: Because there’s too much hockey on television, and baseball lends itself more than any other sport to talking about it.
When: Monday, March 7th, 2010 at 7:00 PM EST.
Where: Opera Bob’s Public House, 1112 Dundas Street West (near the corner of Dundas and Ossington).

As before, I’ll post some questions and conversation topics before we meet so that you can have some thoughts prepared. Also, as we get closer to the meeting, please feel free to share any pertinent topics you’d like to discuss from the book by emailing me here.

Looking forward to seeing all of you again,

Comments (6)

  1. I’m going to try my best to make it to this one. I’m mad at myself for missing the first…

  2. this was such a good idea and i cant wait to read this next book

  3. I’m intrigued by the use of Fox news’s trademarked “fair and balanced” slogan to describe Tao’s review. Is that intended as a subtle dig at the Tao or perhaps at the Tao’s critics who begrudge him his heartfelt, mostly uncritical, highly personal and sincere take on the book?

  4. Looking really forward to this!

  5. I wish I could be there, but I will be out of town so unfortunately (for me) I’ll be unable to make it. I think my parents may be coming again without me this time though since they enjoyed it so much last time. My mom asked to borrow The Bullpen Gospels over the weekend so she can be ready. I am impressed that you guys have scratched together the cash build a time machine to go back the evening of March 7, 2010 though! If my memory serves me correctly that’s 23 days before the book’s release date!

    I hope it goes as well this time around as it did in January and I’ll definitely be there for the next one.

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