Yesterday, I posted the first part of a Q&A I had with former pitcher Steve Fireovid. Today, I am presenting the second part.
Q-How did your book, The 26th Man, come to be?
SF-The 26th Man
was really meant to represent a whole lot of players, not just me.
There were (and are) so many people who were never really given the
opportunity truly deserved. I think I pointed out in the book that this
is true of most professions -- not just baseball players. I was at the
point in my career where I knew I could speak with a bit of authority
on the matter and I probably heard a dozen players every year say, "I
should write a book about all of this crap." So I did. I've always
been at ease with writing,so I felt comfortable doing it. It was a nice
summer project and I had the kind of year on the field to easily
justify my point.
Q-What is your favorite vacation spot?
favorite vacation spot is virtually anywhere that is not here. For me,
it's more about what I'm leaving and who I'll be spending time with
than where I'm going. Don't get me wrong though-- given a choice
between Toledo and a nice condo on the ocean, I'll take the water.
I have read The 26th Man a few times over the years. I am also one of a few people who reviewed it on Amazon. I thought it was a great book. It had laughs, honesty, great stories and interesting insight into baseball, life and Steve himself. I have read a lot of books, specifically many autobiographies and The 26th Man is one of the best.
I really appreciate Steve taking time to answer my questions. I followed Steve's career, collected his cards (although I wish he had a White Sox card!) and read his book. I had a lot of fun following him through the years. It means a lot that Steve would take the time to thoughtfully answer my questions. I am an even bigger fan of his now!