Apologies for the click bait title but this post has been sitting around for half a year, and we couldn’t tell anyone until now. Several months ago, Ryan received a direct message on our official Twitter feed from ESPN’s Mark Simon. What could he possibly want with us, we wondered? Turns out, he stumbled across our site while doing research for a book he was writing on the Yankees—a book, it turned out, that had a chapter on Mike Mussina. And he wanted to talk to us!
So, after talking it over with Ryan to make sure our talking points were in order, I spoke with Simon over the phone about our website, how we got started, and our thoughts on Mussina. Simon’s book, which you can purchase here, (and totally should) is called: The Yankees Index: Every Number Tells a Story. The chapter on Mussina, like all chapters, takes one number and tells the story surrounding that number, using interviews to flesh out a compelling narrative.
Now, because we respect the work of others—especially those in the print journalism industry who’ve taken months to write a book—we’re not going to spoil the topic of his chapter, or share the specific quotes we gave. We will say that we’re in there, and say that the topic of Mussina’s chapter is a well-known game from his 500-plus starts, and one we’ve covered in the past. Simon does a fantastic job telling the story and an even better job integrating some quotes from his sources—ours especially.
Ryan and I are honored. Not just to be featured in a book (although that’s awesome), but for the work we’ve put in to this site to be recognized by other journalists and baseball historians (especially of Simon’s caliber — seriously, have you watched the video of him reciting the final out of the last 60 World Series?). We started this website eight years ago, back when it seemed like everyone was writing their own thoughts about sports and putting them online. This was always a passion project for us, but we did think of it like a job in at least one respect: We always strove to produce the best possible content we could. We knew we were not the only people to have an opinion on baseball or Mike Mussina, but we hoped that the quality of what we wrote would set us apart. We’re not sure if this proves it, but it’s still great.
We hope you guys pick up the book, not just for our sake, but because it is a great read. We also hope you guys keep coming back, as we continue our quest to see Mike Mussina elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.