This evening I had the pleasure to attend a party in Manhattan’s Union Square to celebrate the publication of Sam Walker’s new book Fantasyland.
It was exciting to be in the room with several of the founding fathers of rotisserie baseball – look, over there, it’s Glen Waggoner! – as well was several participants of Tout Wars – look, over there, it’s Lawr Michaels!
Of course, it also was an honor to meet Sam Walker in person as well.
But, most of all, what I will remember overall about tonight was being part of such a large crowd of diverse people gathered together to rejoice over the release of an extremely fine baseball book. There must have been close to 100 people at the party – and many of the faces and names there were recognizable members of the fantasy baseball crowd.
Some say that you can judge a man’s life by the size of his funeral (or something like that). Working from that logic, I estimate that you can judge the excitment generated by a book via the quantity and quality of the people that attend its publication party. Yes, Fantasyland is a winner.
If you didn’t listen to me back on New Year’s Day, I’ll offer the advice again. If you’re a baseball fan, you’re going to want to read this book.