Because December needs it badly, the Varsity Letters sports discussion and reading series will devote itself to baseball this Monday night  — and not just any baseball, but National League Champion Mets baseball. I will have the honor of speaking there and hope you will be there to listen and speak back.
I’ll be previewing my forthcoming book, Amazin’ Again: How the 2015 New York Mets Brought the Magic Back to Queens (available for pre-order right this very minute ), and generally basking in the afterglow of our very recent pennant-winning campaign. David Roth of Vice Sports and Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal are also on the announced roster of speakers, ensuring a fine and necessary night of Mets talk.
Varsity Letters happens at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. (between Thompson and Sullivan streets in the Village), easily accessible by subway . Admission is free. Doors open at 7, the program begins and 7:30, plenty of time will remain later to watch the Giants take a lead deep into the fourth quarter of their game  in Miami…but that’s another sport. As Casey Stengel once told a Senate subcommittee , “I am not going to speak of any other sport. I am not here to argue about other sports, I am in the baseball business.”
Or as the Mets’ new shortstop  might add, get your Asdrubal down to Varsity Letters on Monday night. You’ll be glad you did.