Imagine you’re a sports writer. And you’re sitting in your newsroom at your desk on a busy Saturday, typing away feverishly at your keyboard to meet deadline.
Then your phone goes off. A notification from Twitter.
What would your reaction be? Mine was “No way! Really?”
Really. And thank you to Gershon Rabinowitz for bringing it to my attention.
At first I just thought it was maybe an amateur writer who happened to get a book deal and pulled an excerpt from Yankee Yapping’s October, 2014 piece The Boone Identity: Remembering the Radical 2003 Yankees-Red Sox Saga.
Then I looked into it. The author is Danny Peary, who is not only a renowned sports writer, but a famous film critic. Along with yours truly, there are passages from a number of other authors, writers, reporters, journalists, pundits and analysts in his book “Baseball Immortal: Derek Jeter: A Career in Quotes.”
Moreover, Jeter himself, his fellow Yankees, his longtime manager Joe Torre and countless others are quoted. Among the notable sports journalists cited: Buster Olney, Michael Kay, Tyler Kepner and Bill Madden. Former teammates of Jeter’s are also in the book. To name a few: David Wells, Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Damon, Jorge Posada and Chili Davis — whose quote was fantastic:
“Hanging out with him sucks, because all the women flock to him.”
It’s honestly an honor. To have my name in ink and in the same collection of pages with so many who have spent time with Jeter, interviewed him and know him personally is very nice.
However, Peary gave the credit to MLB.com. While I’m currently working for the Poughkeepsie Journal, a Gannett newspaper, one day I’d love to work for MLB.com — as that’s been well documented in Yankee Yapping over the years.
Nevertheless, I appreciate him using my words.
Being quoted in the Jeter book ranks just above being cited on the Wikipedia page of Joe Panik, the San Francisco Giants’ second baseman.
To read that story on Panik from September, click here.
To order “Baseball Immortal: Derek Jeter: A Career in Quotes” click here. I have not read the entire book yet, but according to what the consumers on Amazon.com are saying, it’s worthy of a read and a smash hit.
Writes reader Cory Gann, who gave it five stars out of a possible five:
“Number one baseball book to read if you’re a Yankee fan and if you’re not, too. For all baseball fans! (even Reds fans).”
Yes, even Reds fans. I am going to guess he lives in Cincinnati. Gann continues his rave review:
“The concept is as fun as the information in the book itself. It’s one of those ‘I’ll just read one more quote’ kind of books where you read one more, and then the next and then the next, and so on.
“The layout draws your eyes to the quotable quotes, as you get a real measure of the person as well as the Yankee star. This format will undoubtedly be copied, but probably not as well.”
I think Peary should send me a free, autographed copy. But hey, that’s just me.