For years, my dad and I would make the eight hour drive out to Peoria, AZ to see the Padres train. We would sometimes take their motorhome (and my mom) and make it a family vacation. (Stopping in Yuma to pay homage to the former Padres spring training site and for Mexican food at El Charro or Chretin's should be required by law.) Unfortunately, my parents moved to Seattle a couple years back, and I haven't convinced my girlfriend that she should continue the tradition.
I doubt that we will go this year. But there is a silver lining! I will be able to park myself on the couch and read Josh Wilker's new book! Voice of the Collector got an advanced copy. Rob is holding off on his review until a little closer to the release date, but the cover alone has me salivating.
For those of you familiar with Josh's work, the anticipation is likely killing you. For those of you who aren't... Check out some of his writing on his blog. After that, you will know why I am so excited!
It is a little known fact that I did the cover art for one of Mr. Wilker's lesser known books. The concept came from one of my favorite blog posts. If you haven't already, please read the story of Joe Strain and Giant Prospects.
(Okay, this book never existed, but Cardboard Gods is for real. Get your pre-order now!)