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Since season's bitterly abrupt end I have been busy putting finishing touches on my first book, Far From the Trees: The Troubled Sons of an American Neighborhood. If nothing else the gang hereabouts should like the cover design. You can check that out without even buying the book, though it goes without saying that I hope you do both.

Copies can be ordered through either Amazon or Barnes & Noble online; hopefully a wider distribution is forthcoming - the book has gotten off to a tremendous start here in Des Moines. The local independent bookstore where we held a launch party immediately sold out of its hundred copies and has a waiting list of more than 200 and counting in anticipation of their next shipment. Amazon quickly sold out of its first batch.

Far From the Trees is a composite memoir from the neighborhood where I grew up; sort of a before/after the wild '60's seasoned with Cub angles throughout - forgive this shameless self-promotion offered for your consideration.

Happy holidays everybody - here's to a healthy 2009!



Interesting subject, Mike. I'm ordering a copy now. I've heard your essays on Iowa Public Radio (though I don't live in Iowa) and have really enjoyed them. Keep writing, sir. And best of luck on your new release.

Thanks Andrew! Hope you like the book. I'll tell you this much about it: one of the old neighbors from my childhood just had his life sentence commuted yesterday by President Bush. His story is part of the whole. Feel free to comment here after you've had a chance to read; appreciate your patience in getting a copy!

Mike -- Congrats on the book. I'll be ordering my copy right away. Best of luck.

Thanks to you too, Sweet Lou, and in advance to anybody else who seeks out the book. I'm heading for Christmas Eve church; can't wait to hear 'Silent Night' @ end of the service by nothing but candlelight; merry Christmas everybody; talk to you soon...MW

Thanks mike. Putting a copy on my amazon wish list...good writing

Congratulations, Mike, and the very best of luck.

Most of us here think we can make better moves than Hendry. Here's our chance to do it. Well sort of...


i hope it's as robust as it looks...and the navigation menus aren't clumsy.

Congrats, Mike!!!

Congrats. Sounds like interesting reading. I'll be visiting Des Moines this weekend, is it in stock at any of the bookstores there? Just curious, are you part of the family that owns Wellmans on Ingersal. I lived a year across the street from that joint and helped keep it in business.

Hey Sonicwind! Yes, I owned the pub until I sold it a couple years ago. The book is out-of-stock on local shelves temporarily due to better than anticipated initial demand, but can be ordered online as mentioned in my original post. Hope you get a copy - if/when you do lemme know your impression[s]...

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  • Hopefully Der Kaiser won't be doing this until December

  • So, yes, I have been quoting your, "mediocre pitcher" label all year in jest - good or bad.

    He has been pretty filthy against the Cards, and this is the game they need to "steal".

    I am hoping against hope that Pedro Strop only sees the mound if the Cubs are up 8 in a game.

  • I've been pretty harsh with Lester here at various times but that's how it is when you pull in that kind of money, and besides, it's not like he reads my posts or would care what I have to say if he did read them for some reason. If I was him, the first thing out of my mouth would be, what level have you played this game at, pal?

    Anyway, he's really looked good lately, and overall his body of work turned out pretty good, too. I'm glad his worst struggles were in April. This is such an easy team to like that I even like the overpaid free agent.

  • Gordo's lede today:

    ST. LOUIS – Whether it’s a year early or right on time, Jon Lester’s $155 million moment arrives just after 5:45 p.m. Friday.

  • *checks pulse*

    *checks pulse again*


  • Who are you? Andy Rooney?

  • K-DUB: I get a chance to see the other MLB clubs Player Development operations out here and I have talked to scouts and other baseball people about it, and I can tell you that the Cubs Player Development program has gone from being almost a joke to one of THE best. 

  • how did ej martinez go from asking for $10m, to supposedly mulling over $7m offers, to eventually signing for $3m?

    ...and what happened with him and the giants a few days ago?

  • Its not official until AZ Phil adds him to the Cubs Depth Chart!

  • Just freakin love it!

  • From Keith Law:

  • This from a Kiley McDaniel chat a couple weeks ago...

    "Comment From Wrenzie
    Who has more ceiling between Yusniel Diaz or Eddy Julio Martinez?

    Kiley McDaniel: Martinez. I have Eddy (20 years old) as a 65 runner with a 55 arm and 50 raw power that profiles as an everyday CF that could be above average depending on if the bat is a 45 or a 55. I have Yusniel (19) as a 60 runner with a 55 arm and 40 raw power that can be an everyday guy if he hits enough (50 or 55)."

  • "Per Jesse Sanchez at, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus.
    Arizona Phil 7 hours 23 min ago"

  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.

  • take that giants