This past week I had the privilege of appearing on a Jays Journal podcast with Ari Shapiro, where I got to talk Blue Jays, writing, and baseball beginnings.
It’s fair to say that more than a few people have asked me over the years why I don’t write about sports. If I’m such a big fan – and I am – than why not? Especially for a sport as literary as baseball.
The short answer is that writing is work. Yes, it’s my passion. And yes, I can’t imagine being anything other than a writer. But writing about sports, particularly baseball, would take away the enjoyment of it, I think. Some writers and novelists, like Stacey May Fowles, can do it and do it beautifully. For me, it’s only when I’m inspired – bat flip anyone – or when I’m writing a dedication to one of my heroes, do I truly enjoy writing about the game.
Perhaps that will change in the future.
In the meantime, between editing three different novels in various stages right now, I prefer to turn on the game, crack open a cold one, and bask in its summer rhythms. And who knows, with a couple weeks of solid baseball, the Blue jays could just turn this thing around.