July 28: An Austin matinee debut reading for Stealing Home

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At Malvern Books on July 28, my memoir makes its debut. There will be other readings to come, and an interview with Austin Liti Limits, but I know from my acting days that Opening Night is special. This time around, for the show that is Stealing Home, it’s a matinee opening, 1 PM at the Austin bookstore on 29th and Rio Grande.

I'll read from the book, have a fun Q&A, and sign books for sale at Austin's great independent bookstore. Malvern is one of America's Top 50 bookstores and genuine Austin gem. I’m bringing refreshments. Yes, there will be cake.

That day of the 28th in July is the 25-year anniversary of Official Perfect Game No. 14 -- the one which is the capstone of the book's journey.  Stealing Home: A Father, a Son, and the Road to the Perfect Game is the story of an 11-day, 9-game road trip I took with my Little Leaguer — and how my plans for perfection delivered things much deeper than scores, miles, and smiles. You don't have to drive 3,147 miles to find your way to fatherhood. When I did, something magical and rare appeared at the end of the journey, inside my heart as well as on a diamond.

See, the rarest outcome in sports is baseball’s perfect game. One team does everything right, forcing the other to accomplish nothing. In 150 years of baseball, there have only been 23. Perfect is nearly impossible. As a divorced dad, I was trying to redeem my fatherhood with a baseball road trip with my Little League son Nicky.

Save the date to join me. This is my heartfelt passion project. That Sunday in July will be the newest chapter in the book's six-year journey. I'll be so pleased to see you there. Please set aside the date, take your seat and enjoy refreshments and fatherhood storytelling on my book's opening day.