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A Book About Me
A few years ago, in an act of wild craziness, I let a local writer use my name in a novel he was writing. The novel is out now and it's called "The Sixth Game."
What on earth could this be about? Wasn't there a movie called "Game Six" a couple of years ago? Are they the same thing?
"The Sixth Game" is about a sports tragedy. A baseball team just wins Game 5 of the NLCS. On the flight back, the plane crashes. There are no survivors.
Jimmy Scott, a character roughly based upon yours truly. This Jimmy Scott, however, isn't as good as me, and likely not as handsome. Nonetheless, Jimmy (or me/I) was scheduled to pitch The Sixth Game, which would now never occur. He battles survivor guilt, family relations, the one other surviving teammate - Jimmy/me/I was not on the plane, nor was Lyman Gaye, an injured outfielder home when the crash changed so many lives.
The author, David Philp, was recently interviewed about the book. You can hear it here if you like. Or don't listen. I don't care. He didn't give me any money. He just asked and I said, "Why not?" Nobody answered, so permission was granted. Doesn't mean I won't sue if somebody makes fun of me.
The interview was done with Mark Healy of Gotham Baseball Magazine. Mark runs the magazine and also performs interviews live from Mickey Mantle's restaurant in New York City. You can hear more of his interviews here.