Book update No. 2 — equipment managers
What better time is there than the All-Star break to get some writing done?
(Click here for update #1.)
The latest update is that I’ve completed the first five chapters of Part One of the book. I’ve written about 17,000 words overall. (One double-spaced page is about 250.) As a reminder, the whole book needs to be about 60,000 words so I’ve made some good progress but I still have a long way to go. (Who knows how many of the 17,000 words will get cut by my editor?)
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I’ve interviewed two different guys who are equipment managers for major league teams. I asked them a ton of questions about baseballs. One guy was even nice enough to tell me exactly how much the team pays Rawlings for the balls. I can’t tell you the exact number here, but let me just say that whenever a player tosses a ball to you, the team deserves a thank-you note. Seriously, the balls are not cheap. I already knew they were expensive, but it turns out that they cost even more than I imagined.
One of the equipment managers is going to let me WATCH him rub up the game balls with mud. (I was nervous about asking him, but I decided to just go for it, and he was like, “Oh yeah, that’s no problem.” I couldn’t believe it.) We just need to figure out a time when we’re both free. I think the rubbing demo might need to wait ’til next month. Maybe he’ll let me try rubbing up a few myself? So cool…
BTW, it’s been really tough getting to talk to equipment managers. I called a bunch of teams, and most of them flat-out denied my interview request. Then there were a few that considered it, but they made me prove that I really AM writing a book that IS going to be published. A few teams even asked to speak to my editor at Random House! And even THEN some of the teams were like, “Nope, no interview for you.” It’s crazy how the inner/secret world of Major League Baseball is so hard to penetrate at times. Can you imagine how hard it must be to interview someone like Jeter or Pujols?
Anyway, that’s the story for now. I have one more chapter to write for Part One, and I hope to finish that by the end of this month. I still don’t know what the book is gonna be called, but I promise it’ll be interesting and fun.