As someone who grew up subject to my father's AM audio leanings, I can't think of too many things that sound classier than a traditional radio talk show from an outstanding restaurant. No kidding. Puts me in mind of Barry Gray, of Bill Mazer and now of Mark Healey, host of Baseball Digest Live, broadcast out of Foley's NY on W. 33rd St., across from the Empire State Building between Fifth and Sixth middays. This Friday, March 27 at 12:30 PM, Mark has invited me on BDL to discuss Faith and Fear in Flushing: An Intense Personal History of the New York Mets, the first such public forum for the book everybody (and I mean everybody…no, really, everybody) is talking about. (Here's a taste from NY Sports Day if Messrs. Amazin', Loge and Numbers haven't convinced you.)
You can listen to it here, but you can also come down and be a part of it here, where I'll sign your copy of the book or almost anything you'd like (your lunchtime check and my death warrant excepted…actually, let's just stick to the book). We'd love to have you join us somewhere in there as much as this clever site wants David Wright to grow a mustache. I know that's the face on which The Wright Stache is Wrightly focused, but I thank them for shining a hairy spotlight on this guy for what was going on a little south of his often uncooperative cap. Between the Barry Gray reference and the John Pacella homage, I am feeling quite old-school tonight.
Reminder: This is only the beginning of the Faith and Fear media assault. Next stop: On Wednesday, April 1, 7 PM, I join Mike Silva and Howard Megdal on NY Baseball Digest for a full hour of intense personal history. And the next night — Thursday, April 2 at 8 PM — I'll be on the bill at Gelf Magazine's Varsity Letters sports reading series, at the Happy Ending Lounge on the Lower East Side. Jason Fry, who you may remember from Faith and Fear in Flushing: The Blog for Mets Fans Who Like to Read, returns from top-secret assignment to introduce me, having already proven expert at that underrated task.
More FAFIF promotional arrangements are being made as we speak, so keep one eye peeled to this space and one more on the book's page on Facebook, where you can discuss the book with at least 107 individuals who I'd objectively have to say possess exquisite taste. And keep your ears directed toward Baseball Digest Live.
THANKS TO ALL WHO DROPPED BY OR CALLED FRIDAY. IF YOU SOMEHOW MISSED THE SHOW, YOU CAN DOWNLOAD IT HERE (I come in at about the 1:30:00 mark; the audio is slightly weird in the early going but you can hear me).
Your copy of Faith and Fear in Flushing: An Intense Personal History of the New York Mets awaits you via Amazon, Barnes & Noble or a book store near you.