No, not really. It makes me very happy, and blows my mind a wee bit, to tell you that I’ve got a deal to produce a book based on the baseball infographics stuff from my Flip Flop Fly Ball site. After some sterling work done by my literary agent – the wonderfully-named Farley Chase – I’ve been hooked up with a great editor called Pete Beatty at Bloomsbury USA who I get along really well with, so I’m expecting it’s going to be a fun experience making the book, which will be published in Spring 2011.
At the moment, the book is called “Flip Flop Fly Ball,” but that might change. It’s a name I’m not overly happy with for the web site, let alone a book, but we’ll see. (Frankly, if I’d have thought that the site was going to be as popular as it has been, I’d have chosen a more baseball-y name, rather than a name that’s just a baseball-related pun on the name of my main web site.)
The book will essentially be like the web site, but with about 25,000 words thrown in, and maybe a few photographs and drawings, too. Somewhere in the region of 50% of the infographics that will go in the book will be exclusive, so I’ll be trying to balance the needs of the book with also putting new stuff on the web site itself.
I’m super happy about this, especially – and I know I’ve brought this up before, so forgive me – especially because I’m a foreigner and a relative newcomer to wonderful world of baseball. I never imagined I’d love any sport more than football/soccer, but baseball sucked me in through a turnstile in the Bronx and on the other side I found a thoughtful pastime, an engrossing history, and an aesthetic joy waiting to be explored.
It’s going to be so much fun for me immersing myself so completely in baseball while I produce this book, so I’d better apologise to my friends in advance: I know you don’t care that Larry Yount had the shortest possible career in Major League Baseball (a relief pitcher, he came in to pitch at the top of the 9th for the Astros vs. the Braves on September 15, 1971, but injured himself warming up, never to play in the majors again) but I’m probably not going to be able to stop myself from telling you about it.