Archive for December, 2009

Extension of the Holiday Offer

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

The holiday offer was so successful that I’m going to extend it.  Over 50 of you received personally inscribed copies of my books.  I enjoyed it because I got a chance to write extensive personal inscriptions to true blue and orange Mets fans and it really wasn’t a hassle to do the mailing.  So far none of the checks have bounced.

If you would like to have or to give an inscribed copy or copies of either Mets Fan, The Last Days of Shea, or both, please write me an e-mail at  Tell me how many books you want, the name of the fan to whom the book should be inscribed, and tell me a little about their Mets fandom.  Also, tell me the address to which the book(s) should be sent.  I will send the personally inscribed books to you right away.  Every book will have a unique inscription.  Once I have sent the books, I will send you an e-mail indicating what you owe me and where you may send your personal check.  The cost is $15 per book (that’s a slight discount from bookstore price for The Last Days of Shea, and a significant discount for Mets Fan) plus postage.  The cost of postage is usually $2.75 (media mail) for an entire mailing of one  or two books and a little more for anything larger than two books. 

Please note:  I am about to go on a New Year’s trip to London with my family and so I won’t be mailing anything out until after January 5.   My blog, as you can tell, is on hiatus until the Mets do something worth blogging about.  Happy New Year to everyone!  Let’s hope against hope that this will be a year to remember.

A Holiday Offer

Friday, December 4th, 2009

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season.  This isn’t the best time of year for baseball fans, particularly frustrated ones.  It seems to me that because there is so much at stake, Mets fans are filled with more anxiety than usual about the moves the team will make during the offseason.  All I can say is that what is true of baseball in general is particularly true of the offseason.  It ain’t over ’til it’s over.

A number of people who have not been able to attend some of my most recent readings have written to ask if it would be possible to purchase inscribed copies of my books as holiday gifts.

I am happy to do this.  If you would like to buy an inscribed copy of either The Last Days of Shea or Mets Fan for just $15 per copy (that’s a significant discount on Mets Fan) plus postage, please just send me an e-mail at   Please indicate 1) the address to which you’d like me to send the book(s); 2)the name of the person(s) to whom you’d like the book(s)  inscribed.  Please also tell me if the person is over 21, and, if you like, anything you might want me to know about their Mets fandom.  I will send a copy right out with a personal inscription to the person you indicate.  In my return e-mail, I will tell you how much is owed, and the address to which you can send a check.

Please also check out my website for The Last Days of Shea, where I have a regularly updated list of scheduled readings.  In February and March thus far, I have appearances scheduled in Manhattan, Greenwich CT, Ridgefield CT, Rye NY, Oceanside LI, and at C.W. Post University.

“… The leaves are off the trees, the sun slips wearily along the edge of the horizon, and it is dark most of the time.  Between the end of the World Series and the arrival of pitchers and catchers at training camps in Florida, you can only think of what you don’t have.  All you can do is dream of the pleasure of warm evenings lit to a brightness beyond imagining in which titanically gifted grown men play a child’s game for your pleasure.”  from The Last Days of Shea