Four weeks ago today, with two outs and two strikes in the top of the 12th inning, Arizona utilityman Daniel Descalso lifted a three-run home run over the right-field wall at Dodger Stadium. Minutes later, the Diamondbacks wrapped up their 24th victory in the first 35 games of the season, bolstering their position atop all teams in the National League and kicking sand in the face of the Dodgers, nine games behind.
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Hopefully, folks will be purchasing copies of Brothers in Arms: Koufax, Kershaw, and the Dodgers’ Extraordinary Pitching Tradition until the end of time. But as far as its birth in the marketplace as a new release, we are close to finishing a spring full of promotion.
In fact, the last guaranteed event — perfectly timed for your Father’s Day needs — arrives at 2 p.m. June 9, with a signing and Q&A at Barnes and Noble in Burbank. I would love to see you come by and get your signed copy while getting a chance to chat about the book.
A day ago, several people came by to the Common Space Brewery signing, which was great fun. Brent Knapp (friend of Dodger Thoughts and True Blue L.A.) and his crew were terrific hosts — in fact, I really recommend you stop by Common Space any old time for beer and hanging out.
A final signing event is scheduled for June 18 at downtown’s The Last Bookstore, but that gathering is predicated on achieving a certain number of pre-sales. If you do want to come, let me know.
Heading into this big final stretch, I did a whirlwind of interviews last week, the most visible perhaps being my national TV appearance on MLB Network’s High Heat with Christopher Russo — and let me tell you, man, it was a hoot.
Finally last week, I stopped by the home office of the legendary Pantone 294, where I did a lengthy podcast in which I spoke with Álex Soto, Desiree García and Matt Barrero about my entire career leading up to Brothers in Arms. You can find the audio here, and I’ll add the video when it’s up.
This entire process, dating back to the first announcement of the book, has obviously felt more than a little self-indulgent, but I’m not above admitting I’ve gotten a kick out of it. (Ideally, it’s a good thing that I really enjoy talking about the book.) In any case, I truly thank everyone for indulging me through it all, and for your support.
A year after they sent six players to the MLB All-Star Game, it’s more likely than not that the Dodgers will rely on the “every team gets a guy” rule simply to get one player to Washington D.C.
We still have nearly two months before the game is played (so you can question why I’m even writing about this right now), but if I were to make a prediction about who the 2018 Dodger All-Star will be, I might just pick a guy who has played in only seven games so far this year: Clayton Kershaw.
On April 24, the Dodgers were …
- 11-10 (.524), in second place in the NL West
- winners of seven of their past eight games
- leading the Marlins by one run in the eighth inning
- putting Clayton Kershaw (2.45 ERA, 0.97 WHIP) on the mound the next day.
I did not see this coming. I didn’t see a lot of this coming. I didn’t see two 1-0 losses to the Giants to open the season, and just when things truly seemed to be falling into place, the white-uniformed cream rising toward the top, I definitely didn’t see 13 losses in 18 games coming — turning those 11-10 Dodgers into these 16-23 Dodgers.
Hi everyone — I have two more Brothers in Arms interviews to share with you, each with old friends.
- A nice radio/podcast interview with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky of ESPN
- A return to my old stomping grounds on the Dodger Insider Facebook Live pregame show, with Rowan Kavner and Jess Rosales. (My portion starts at the 13:00 mark, but the whole show is worth watching.)
Remember that there are three upcoming booksigning events:
- Sunday, June 3 at Common Space Brewery
- Saturday, June 9 at Barnes & Noble (Burbank)
- Monday, June 18 at The Last Bookstore
I’ll end this quick post with one request: If you have the book (and especially if you enjoyed it), it would really mean a lot if you could rate the book and leave a review at Amazon. It doesn’t have to be a long review — even one sentence can make an important impact. I know it can be like doing homework, but I would truly appreciate it.
Thanks, and my goodness, let’s get the Dodgers winning again.
UPDATE: This event has been canceled
The Last Bookstore has offered to host what could be the last booksigning event for Brothers in Arms: Koufax, Kershaw, and the Dodgers’ Extraordinary Pitching Tradition — scheduled for 7 p.m. June 18.
I’m planning to do a Q&A on the main stage of the humongous store, located at 453 S. Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles, and sign books thereafter. Information about directions, parking and public transportation can be found here.
One caveat: The Last Bookstore asks for a certain number of people to commit to buying the book in advance, otherwise the event is subject to cancellation. So if you’re planning to come and buy a copy (for yourself or as a gift), please indicate as much by going to the Last Bookstore website and pre-purchasing the book. (Note: There’s an option to reserve a seat for an additional charge, but I don’t believe that will be necessary. Unless I hear otherwise, buying the book should be sufficient.)
The Dodgers will be out of town that night, so here’s a chance to catch up with some fellow fans at a great setting.
Hope to see you!
Here are a couple of fun items. First, Dustin Nosler and Jared Massey were kind enough to have me as a guest on the Dugout Blues podcast, and we had a fun conversation, first about the Dodgers in general, then about Brothers in Arms: Koufax, Kershaw, and the Dodgers’ Extraordinary Pitching Tradition.
Similarly inspired, in case you missed it, was my chat Monday on Reddit, where I spent an hour answering all kinds of questions about the book and the team.
I think you’ll enjoy both, so go pay each a visit …
Tonight was the annual FamFest outdoor movie at 10-year-old Youngest Master Weisman’s school. That meant I could not be in front of the television during tonight’s Dodger game. I could not be in front of the television.
As I noted on Tuesday’s official launch day, there’s been some nice coverage for the release of Brothers in Arms: Koufax, Kershaw, and the Dodgers’ Extraordinary Pitching Tradition, including opportunities for me to chat about the book, as well as the Dodgers in general. In the past 24 hours, two more went live:
- Ahead of Saturday’s 2 p.m. booksigning event at the Central Library, where I will do a Q&A with senior librarian Mary McCoy, here’s an amuse-bouche from McCoy via an e-mail exchange with me.
- I also spoke for nearly an hour with Justin McGuire for his Baseball by the Book podcast, going deep into interesting tidbits about the Dodger pitching tradition and the process of writing about it.
Enjoy checking out both, and hope to see you at the first signing Saturday!
Today’s the day — the official launch day for my book, Brothers in Arms: Koufax, Kershaw, and the Dodgers’ Extraordinary Pitching Tradition.
Today’s the day, if you are willing and able, to …
*buy the book if you haven’t already — for yourself or as a gift (birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc.) — in bookstores as well as online at the following links. Do it today if at all possible. Links to order …
*leave a review — a few words and a positive rating can make a big difference!
*spread the word about the book — on social media or via old-fashioned word of mouth.
*follow @dodgers_tradition on Instagram — the official account for both Brothers in Arms and Dodger Thoughts.
*plan to attend a signing — get your new or previously purchased copy of the book autographed, hear me say a few words about it and make Brothers in Arms come to life.
- Saturday, May 5 at Los Angeles Central Library
- Sunday, June 3 at Common Space Brewery
- Saturday, June 9 at Barnes & Noble (Burbank)
*check out the coverage if you want to learn even more about the book.
- Previews of every section and more/Dodger Thoughts
- Review by Tom Hoffarth/Farther Off the Wall
- Interview with Eric Stephen/True Blue L.A. podcast
- Interview with Houston Mitchell/Los Angeles Times
- Review by Alex Campos/Dodgers Digest
- New: Excerpt from the Sandy Koufax chapter/The Athletic
From my perspective, it feels like I’ve been promoting the book with somewhat nauseasting relentlessness, but every day, I encounter friends and/or Dodger fans who haven’t heard of it. So I would love your help in getting the word out!
The Brothers in Arms: Koufax, Kershaw, and the Dodgers’ Extraordinary Pitching Tradition world tour will make its third stop, reaching beautiful downtown Burbank’s Barnes & Noble at 2 p.m. on June 9.
Come on by to get your new or previously purchased copy signed, and as a bonus, I’ll introduce you to the author. Hey — that’s me.
By the way, if you want to make a Dodger-themed afternoon and evening of it, it’s an easy drive down from Barnes & Noble to Dodger Stadium for the 6:10 p.m. game against the Braves, featuring a Manny Mota Bobblehead giveaway. I’m not involved with that giveaway — I just like the idea of the combo.
The Barnes & Nobles signing follows fun events set for May 5 at the Central Library, and June 3 at Common Space Brewery in Hawthorne. Another announcement for mid-June is still to come. Hope to see you soon!