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Wednesday · June 23 2004

Robert Birnbaum interviews Moneyball author, Michael Lewis, at The Morning News
Discussing what's next after Moneyball:

ML: I have several thoughts. I can’t tell you what book is going to come out first but I know I am writing a sequel to Moneyball. And I said that when I sold it, it’s not just one book, it’s two books. And I had that eureka moment when I walked out of the 2002 draft, “Not only do I want to explain what they are doing but I want to follow these kids that they have drafted in this unusual way in a kind of Hoop Dreams way—through the minor leagues and use them to write about that experience.” It’s going to be called Underdogs. It will take another five years. That’s what I do during the baseball season. I’ll go to Midland Texas and Sacramento and Modesto, Calif., where they’re playing in minor league games. There is every possibility that the piece that I just published in the Times magazine might spin out into something a little bigger—the piece about the coach. And I am also toying with the idea of a shorter book about football. And the attempt to apply this sort of thinking to football.

…and a bit about the irrational nature of Cub and Red Sox fans:

ML: There is a psychodrama around the Cubs obviously and that poor man Steve Bartman, who made the mistake of interfering with the foul ball, had to move out of Chicago.

RB: No!

ML: Yes! He left town. So that’s a similar sort of problem. And the Yankees, of course—when any New York team is either winning or losing, there is a drama around that. But it’s more about the winning or losing and when the season is over, they [fans] move on to who ever else is winning or losing. But the Cubs and the Red Sox really have this curious psychodrama. But there is nothing like this anywhere. It’s the hardest possible environment to be reasonable in. So, who is to blame for that? It’s the culture around the Red Sox.

I devoured Moneyball in 2 days. I think I had waited so long to read it because I thought of it as a special dessert to enjoy when I was in the middle of a boring bookstack. Nothing good I can say about it that hasn't already been said a dozen times over in the year since its release. I'm really looking forward to the sequel.

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