Yes, a pregame reading. It’s not quite like the old days when we were in Pioneer Square and could feature visiting authors such as Roger Angell, W.P. Kinsella, old ballplayers Joe Morgan and Mel Stottlemyre in author mode, just before the first pitch, with people then trundling straight down the street to see the Mariners. But one can get to Safeco Field in a hot minute riding light rail, if nothing else. In that spirit, we present Terry McDermott, who many of us first remember as an excellent Seattle Times columnist and journalist. He went on to Los Angeles, first to write for the Los Angeles Times, and then (now) to begin writing a series of well-received books: The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (co-authored with Josh Meyer); 101 Theory Drive: The Discovery of Memory; and Perfect Soldiers: The 9/11 Hijackers—Who They Were, Why They Did It. He is back here with a very different book, one which brings Seattle readers back to an historic day locally, the day Felix Hernandez pitched a perfect game, Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception (Knopf).
“A fascinating history of pitching mixed with scientific facts, psychological insights, delightful digressions about small-town American life, and the heart-thumping play-by-play of Felix Hernandez’s march to perfection. I always knew that King Felix was great, but now I know why.” —Zack Hample.