Ten News Items About The Upcoming Book.

1. Sitting next to me as I type this is a huge brown envelope with edits back from Hyperion. They’re due in a week-and-a-half, which is good, because it’s going to take me a week to work up the nerve to open the package.

2. The book’s release date is May 4, 2010.

3. It is already on Amazon, but the title is wrong — I promise, promise it won’t be called “Nine Innings With Dad” — and the number of pages are wrong. (Unless the brown package says, “Destroy the last-third of this draft,” it’s going to be a lot more than 288 pages. Sorry.)

4. I can pretty much guarantee, unlike some people, that no readings will run out of books. Even if they only stock four books at each store.

5. In the most recent draft, the words “Rick Ankiel” are only used once, and “blogs” is only in there twice. I do have a whole chapter about this guy, though.

6. I need your help.

7. Yes, this is why I did this post in the first place.

8. Much of the book is about fatherhood and baseball, and I’d like to include a small addendum where regular human beings, people Just Like You!, have stories of their fathers and baseball included.

9. So, if you have any interest in being in the book (and I’ll, I dunno, give you a free book and a credit and a backrub and any cash I have lying around), email me your best Dad-baseball story — or any questions you might have - at will@deadspin.com. Length is whatever you want it to be. It can be funny or sad or gross or whatever.

10. Yes, looking through these will allow me to avoid opening the brown package. So thank you.

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