Coffee Shop: ESPN.com's Jayson Stark

June 2, 2009 6:46:59 PM PDT
Jayson Stark is a former Philadelphia Inquirer sports reporter who has covered ESPN.com's baseball beat for nearly a decade.He has lived in the Philadelphia area for much longer than that. And when the city's 25-year championship drought was broken last year, he just had to write a book about it.

"Worth the Wait" (Triumph Books) is a compilation of Stark's columns during the Phillies 2008 title season. He purposely left some of them untouched to prove that even then, he as a veteran baseball writer saw something different about that version of the Phillies - one that, until Wednesday, October 29, 2008, had won only one World Series in its 100+year history.

The book also contains post-championship analysis, and is chocked full of crazy stats. Matt talks to Stark about the many weird things that happened during the season, some of the key decisions that allowed a title run to take place, and why the 2009 Phillies are having such a hard time with their pitching.

Upcoming book signings:

Saturday, June 6

Barnes and Noble, Deptford, NJ

12-3pm

Saturday, June 13

Borders, Langhorne, PA

1-3pm

Sunday, June 14

Barnes and Noble, Wilmington, DE

12-2pm

Barnes and Noble, Exton, PA

3-5pm

Saturday, June 20

Barnes and Noble, Oxford Valley, PA

10am-12pm

The Frame Game, Newtown, PA

1-2:30pm Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA 5:30pm

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