As if we needed further evidence that they will let anyone publish a book, Bleeding Red: A Red Sox Fan’s Diary of the 2004 Season, has officially been released. For reasons beyond my understanding, it is not yet up on Amazon (believe me, I’ll let you know when it is), but it is available (in mistitled form, with no cover image yet posted — these are clearly all intended as reminders of my place in the hierarchy) at Barnes and Noble, here. If you are interested in seeing the publicity material (with the cover image, a picture of yours truly, and blurbs from historian Charlie Alexander as well as from Saturday Night Live’s Red Sox fan and Kerry impersonator Seth Meyers) go here, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click on the cover image of the book.

I’d like to thank Ephblog readers and especially Dave Kane for inviting me to post my Sox diaries on Ephblog last year. There is an irony attendant in all of this of course — in terms of the historical profession, my Red Sox book does not help and in some circles may actually hurt my marketability. Soon enough I’ll have one of my “real” books out, but for now, let it be known that my Sox book may be a trifle, but it was a labor of love and I’ll always be glad that it was my first (you always remember your first, after all).

Now what are you waiting for? Go buy the book (or wait until it is paired with ESPN’s Sportsguy, Bill Simmons’, book in the next week on Amazon).

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