An updated edition of my book, â€œGiants: Where Have You Gone,â€ is available now. Itâ€™s a where-are-they-now book of former San Francisco Giants players and managers that my college friend Matt and I originally wrote in 2005.
The newly revised edition includes two new chapters, one on the World Series championships of 2010 and 2012 and the other on All-Star second baseman Jeff Kent and his post-baseball career as a reality TV star on the CBS show, â€œSurvivor.â€
It was fun to interview Kent, particularly since Iâ€™m a Survivor fan. (Yes, I still watch after all these years). I followed the 2012 fall season intently. As the season progressed, I rooted for him unabashedly, while taking mental notes of his strategic moves and performance on challenges since I knew I wanted to interview him for the book.
Fortunately, he agreed to a phone interview in December, which Iâ€™ve turned into a Q&A for the book. Kent admits that he wasnâ€™t known as the most sociable guy in a baseball clubhouse, but he was incredibly social on Survivor. And he was incredibly nice, personable and funny during my 35-minute phone conversation with him.
For example, at the end of the phone call, I told Kent that that my brother purchased an autographed baseball bat of his at a silent auction fundraiser in San Francisco in 2000 or 2001. And that today, my brother keeps it in his living room, and if burglars ever break into this house, heâ€™s going to grab the bat and start whacking at them.
Kent laughed and said, â€œYou tell him to hit them in the sweet spot.â€
The updated book is available on Amazon in hardcover, as an e-book, or as an audio book. Hereâ€™s the link.