Last Night: Deadspin Founder Will Leitch Talks Really Fast, Meets with Adoring Fans at Left Bank Books, Gets Beer with Sportswriters
Are We Winning?'s primary narrative centers on Leitch, his father, Bryan, and a friend who was a Cubs fan, going to Wrigley Field. Although Bryan Leitch, who was at Left Bank on Thursday, has lived 200 miles from Wrigley his entire life, he had never made the trip. Instead, he and son would make the hour-and-45-minute drive to Busch Stadium from Mattoon, sometimes drinking a few Natural Lights on the way. In the book and on Thursday night, Leitch talked about the community of Cardinals fans at Busch Stadium; that they, more so than the people who run the ballclub, constitute the franchise.
"I guarantee you I have high-fived some very morally abhorrent people in my time," Leitch jokes. "To me it doesn't matter. When you're [at a baseball game] and you're part of that, it's a really exciting thing."
When he's through signing books, Leitch's bangs and sideburns are sweaty from chatting it up with admirers. Still, he seems far from exhausted, despite having woken up at 5 a.m. after closing down the hotel bar at the Drury Inn with his parents the night before.
Later Thursday morning, he went on-air on the The McGraw Show on KTRS-AM (550 AM) with his dad, a longtime Milhaven listener. (Today, Friday, Leitch appeared on KMOX's Charlie Brennan show, receiving praise from Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa and sportswriter Buzz Bissinger, with whom Leitch sparred with over the issue of sports writing vs. blogging, in a now infamous Costas Now episode on HBO.)
Also on Thursday, Leitch was interviewed in the Cardinals dugout on Fox Sports Midwest during a pregame chat with Jim Hayes, highlighted by an unfortunate choice of eyewear -- he was ripped as an "old lesbian" on Deadspin later that day. Then it was onto Left Bank for the two-hour book chat.
After leaving Left Bank, Leitch moves on to Par, the golf-centric bar in the old Hi-Pointe space, with Miklasz, Post-Dispatch Cardinals writer Derrick Goold and Joe Sports Fan blogger Matt Sebek. It wasn't an exclusive affair by any means -- in fact, he invited a few Left Bank customers along for beers.
"Are you going to come by? Are you going to come? I won't be offended if you don't, but it would be nice if you came," Leitch says.
He says he'll be up around 7 a.m. Friday. "If I don't get up and start writing something, I start to get itchy."
Leitch's next tour stop is in the less-than-friendly confines of Chicago, homebase of sports columnist and frequent Deadspin target Jay Mariotti.
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