Stories Behind the Stories
The Story behind an Airport Shuttle Ride, a Brawl and a 12 year-old girl who saw way too much
Feb 09, 2020 by Eric C. Gray
As Lynn and I were in a van taking us from our vacation spot in Cabo San Lucas to the airport, I started talking (rinse and repeat, see my other pieces) with Marie and Larry, visiting from Seattle, about the book. Naturally, I didn’t recall that we had ridden IN from the airport with them a week earlier, but I pushed through my embarrassment and peppered them with questions nevertheless. Marie said she would send me a story. Oh, she did, and you can find it on p. 241 in the chapter Home Runs!
The Story Behind an Airplane Ride and a Couple of Stories
Feb 01, 2020 by Eric C. Gray
Lynn and I were on our way to Washington, D.C., to visit our son David, and his girlfriend Lisa, in November 2015. We were sitting in adjoining aisle seats, and a nice young woman, Anna, had the misfortune of sitting in the seat next to me. It has been well documented, by self-admission, how I will talk to any unfortunate soul within range about this book. On this flight, Anna was my target...When the plane landed, and I turned on my phone to check my email; imagine to my great shock and delight, I had received a long-anticipated email from Lisa with the wonderful story (that involved me) which you can find in the chapter Triples on p.232! I read it through, smiling the entire way at my own expense, and turned to Anna. “Look”, I said, “this is amazing, this is the story I told you I was waiting for, look at the date, it is today” As promised by Anna, I also got a great story from her boyfriend Billy which is in the chapter Love and Baseball, on p.45.
The Story Behind a Story- How a Friendship is Born
Jan 13, 2020 by Eric C. Gray
The greatest and most unexpected positive outcome of writing this book has been the making of new, good friendships. I have detailed some of them already in other posts, and, as Sonny and Cher sang in 1967, The Beat Goes On. Four or five years ago, I connected with a guy on one of the Facebook baseball groups I had joined. I contacted Rick Lenaburg on Messenger, or whatever it was called at the time, telling him about my book project and asking if he had a story he would be interested in sharing. You can find Rick's story on page 213, in the chapter Triples.
The Story Behind Two New Friendships - Fastball John, DJ, and Me
Dec 08, 2019 by Eric C. Gray
The Story Behind a Story - Vin, Jose, Karla, David, and Me
Nov 22, 2019 by Eric C. Gray
From the outset, I knew that there were a few stories I really wanted to get from a first-hand perspective, the only way they would appear in the book. One that I truly coveted was the first home game the Marlins played after pitcher Jose Fernandez died. I heard all about the game and hoped I would find someone who was there to share that memory. I was lucky to meet David Clemmer who lives in Florida and I asked him if he knew anyone who might have been to that game in which Fernandez was honored by the Marlins, Mets and, of course, the fans. David had been to that game and did he have a tale to tell! You can find it in on p. 302, in the chapter Famous, Historic, and Memorable Games.