Other Notes from Virginia Living's Austin Gisriel
Leftover Literary Tidbits from “Fantasy Baseball”
When you dry-stack a stone wall, it is important to assemble twice as many stones as you will actually end up using. You need this many because you never know how they will all fit together. The same is true when writing a story. You need twice as many facts and quotes than you can actually fit in a story. This was certainly true in writing “Fantasy Baseball,” which appeared in the July/August 2008 issue of Virginia Living. I thought readers of ATV-60 would enjoy some of the leftover literary stones that didn’t make the final editorial cut.
No doubt the player with one of the most interesting backgrounds is
Dufek’s home is in
Local residents will find this hard to believe, but Dufek’s teammate, lefthander Andrew White, enjoys playing in the Valley because of, among other reasons, the “cooler” summer weather here, compared to his home of
Interviewing Salem Avalanche manager, and former Harrisonburg Turk, Jim Pankovits was a treat for me, and as it turned out, the editor of Virginia Living Richard Ernsberger as well. Jim was gracious enough to meet with me in his office before an Avalanche game in April and fondly recalled his days in
Last year’s VBL MVP Luke Greinke and I had a wonderful conversation on one of his few days off during
I met photographer David Deal on Opening Night in
Working on this story is a misnomer, because it certainly did not seem like work. I actually began the first draft in February and submitted it on June 6th. It’s been a wonderful experience talking to players and coaches, all of whom proved to be polite and who were happy to help. I am most grateful for the reception that the article has received so far, and I hope all those folks out there enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.