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.
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,