So since I already had the book I decided to go to the Mike Piazza signing. I drove to work so that I could start work earlier and get out earlier. I told my boss before I left that if I did not show up on Thursday is because I might be in jail. haha.
I found Cindy and her husband were the first two people in line in letter. I don’t know how far the letters went but I saw the group for D. I was probably the 10th person in line for letter A. When I got there I think there were about 50 people there.
I waited until Mike signed my book.
Then I leaned over and told him “Maybe you were misunderstood in the book, but I think you should apologize to Vin Scully”
He listened to me and he said “oh… It wasn’t bad” I wished that Mike would have elaborated but by this time, I already had to move. There was this big guy to my left there making sure the people were moving right after they signed the book.
I do collect baseball books. I ordered them online, or buy them from SABR, at bookstores, thrift stores or at Friends of the Library bookstores. I do need another bookshelf.
Back to taking the train tomorrow. I do prefer to take the train than to drive to work. It also gives me a chance to do some reading.
Did Mike Piazza actually see the so-called “Crushing” video?
If he did not, he should have. Here is the link to the video that I have seen a few times:
If he has barely seen it recently, he should apologize to Vin Scully while he is in the Los Angeles area today for the signing of his book. I hope is not a long shot that he will apologize.
Yes, today is Mike Piazza’s book signing at Vroman’s in Pasadena (the one on Colorado, not the one at the Hasting Ranch).
I bought the book before knowing Mike Piazza slammed Vin Scully in the book. Would I have bought the book had I known about this? Most likely not. But since I did, I did go to the index and read everything he had to say about our beloved Vin.
Here is part of what Mike said in the book:
“He wasn’t happy about it. And Scully’s voice carried a great deal of authority in Los Angeles…The way the whole contract drama looked to them (the fans) — many of whom were taking their cue from Scully — was that, by setting a deadline and insisting on so much money, I was demonstrating a conspicuous lack of loyalty to the ball club. I understood that.”
Mike also says that as he started the season poorly “Vin Scully was crushing me” Did someone else tell him this? because he was playing so he could not hear Vin. As we know, Vin does not talk poorly about another player, he reports on what goes on the field and makes the game more enjoyable giving us anecdotes and some statistics. He paints beautiful poetry broadcasting the game. Mike just sounds paranoid about Vin Scully and Dodger fans.
Here is part of what Vin says in the video from Vero Beach:
“We’re visiting with Mike Piazza, and I’m sure neither one of us would like to talk about it, and yet the millions of people out there watching are interested in it, it is a big story, so consequently we have to address it. And that is, you’re down here, playing out the last year of your contract, coming up hopefully for you will be a multi-year multi-million dollar contract. Is that on your mind?”
Vin Scully in the interview gives Mike a chance to say something like “This is not an ultimatum” but Mike accepts it and so it goes.
When the LA Times asked Vin about what Mike said, Vin responded with “”As God is my judge, I don’t get involved in these things,” I can’t imagine I would ever put my toe in the water as far as a player and his negotiations”
Mike: If you would apologize to Vin Scully, I might forgive you and maybe so would many Dodger fans and Baseball fans.
Mike Piazza will be signing copies of his new book “Long Shot” at two Barnes and Noble locations in New York, at Norristown, PA and at Vroman’s in Pasadena, CA Here is more information on the locations:
New York Locations:
Monday February 11th at 12:00pm Click Here For More Info Barnes & Noble 555 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017 // 212-697-3048
Tuesday February 12th at 7:00pm Click Here For More Info Barnes & Noble 91 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514, 516-741-9850 Wristbands will be distributed starting at 9:00 am on Tuesday, February 12. The former New York Mets catcher will be at Barnes & Noble Carle Place to sign copies of his autobiography, Long Shot. No memorabilia to be signed at this event.
Norristown, PA Location
The book, available for purchase Feb. 12, is available for preorder on the Towne Book Center WebsiteWristbands will be distributed starting at 9:00 am on Thursday, February 14. No memorabilia to be signed at this event only copies of Long Shot purchased from Barnes & Noble in Carle Place. Four books per person.
Thursday February 14, 2013 7:00 PM
Country Glen Center
91 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514, 516-741-9850
Mike Piazza will sign copies of his new book, “Long Shot,” at Towne Book Center in Collegeville on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.
The Norristown-born, Phoenixville-bred catcher’s new autobiography tells his story of being selected in the 1988 baseball draft as a 62nd round “courtesy pick,” end eventually becoming the greatest-hitting catcher in the history of baseball.
In the book, Piazza discusses his local upbringing, his 2000 World Series with the Yankees, the steroid controversy, gay rumors, and the thrill of hitting the game-winning homerun on Sept. 21 2001, the first game in New York after Sept. 11, 2001, according to the book description.
The Towne Book Center, located in the Providence Town Center, is asking that customers RSVP by calling 610-454-0640.
Piazza will be available to sign books, but no memorabilia.
Pasadena, CA location (My neck of the wood)
- Event Details: (updated 2/5/13) – This is a signing only. Mike Piazza will not be speaking. – Tickets will be available at the Will Call department at the main store & at the Hastings Ranch location beginning Tuesday, February 12, the release date for the book. – Mike will only sign copies of his new title, Long Shot, no memorabilia. – Each customer can get up to 4 copies of Long Shot signed. – No posed photos, but photos from the line are ok. A Vroman’s employee will be present at the signing table to take unposed photos for customers while getting their book signed.
- Last time I was at a baseball book signing at Vroman’s in Pasadena was for Tommy Lasorda’s book “Is Good to Be Alive” Is on my calendar. I guess I need to drive to work that day so I can head to Pasadena afterwards. It is on my way home. I am glad this bookstore is still open. They have very nice selection of books and magazines. Also other nice merchandise upstairs.