Tales From The Batter's Box

This book is a collection of unique & remarkable short stories based on interviews with current and former pro baseball players, and a few surprise guests!
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Brock Picken
Writing
Caledon, Ontario
Canada
1 Team Member

My Story

My name is Brock Picken, and I'm a writer, interviewer, and storyteller. Two years ago I was miserable, feeling lost, and floated from one career to the next, wondering if I would ever find a way to be happy. While having a heart-to-heart talk with my wife, I realized that it was, and always had been baseball that was my biggest passion.  A short time thereafter, I was presented with the opportunity to host my own baseball talk-show, called “The Dugout”. Over the course of a year, I interviewed media legends like Dan Shulman, World Series Champs such as Matt Stairs, Roberto Alomar, and Cito Gaston, and numerous other exciting guests. My show re-ignited my passion for baseball, and so now I have decided to fulfill a childhood dream. The decision I made next, was something I had longed to do since taking a creative writing course in high school, which was to write a book.

The Book

This book – this campaign, is the next step, and a very important one for me, towards a career in baseball. This is an opportunity for me to seize a dream, and create something special for baseball lovers and story lovers alike. This book will be a compilation of many unique stories based on interviews I conduct with current and former MLB professional players, female professional players from the AAGPBL (1943-1954), and a few special guests, such as Babe Ruth’s Granddaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti. I have connected with George Castle, a baseball historian and author of 11 baseball books. He has covered baseball for 35 seasons, based in Chicago. George will be my historical reference for the book.  

What I Need

I’ve been presented with the rare and incredible opportunity to attend and cover, as accredited media personnel, three separate baseball events this season. In Kansas City, The Negro League Baseball Museum will be having their inaugural “Hall of Game Ceremony”, inducting their first ever “Hall of Famers”. In St. Louis, the Cardinals organization with be unveiling their new Hall of Fame Museum in their Ballpark Village, for which I have been invited to the Ribbon-cutting Ceremony. And in Iowa, The Field of Dreams Movie Site (made famous by Kevin Costner) is hosting their Team of Dreams Event, a charity softball tournament that last year had 14 former Major League Baseball stars (including 10 Hall of Famers) participate. I will be conducting interviews at each of these events for my book.

The funds being raised will go to cover the cost of:

 - Travel

 - Accommodations

 - Audio & Video Equipment Purchase/Rental

 - Book Cover Layout & Design

 - Costs associated with editing & publishing

What You Get

Through the generosity of several amazing people, I’ve been able to provide you with some kick-ass rewards. I’m offering exclusive peeks at video and audio recordings of some of the interviews as well as an opportunity to be a guest on my podcast. Also, for the baseball memorabilia collector, there are some amazing pieces donated such as baseballs autographed by Fergie Jenkins and Matt Stairs. Linda Ruth Tosetti (Babe Ruth’s Granddaughter) has autographed some baseballs and prints, and I’m also including some unique, limited edition Blue Jays prints from Chris Ripley at www.BlueJaysArt.ca.

The Impact

This isn’t about making money, traveling, or selling a ton of books. This is about living a dream, and inviting you to be a part of the process in creating something unique and special. This is also about inspiring others to go after their dreams. I'm really just a regular guy. But I have an incredible passion for baseball, and in just a short time I have accomplished so much, interviewing some of the most recognizable names in the sport. With your help, I can accomplish so much more, and share some incredible baseball stories that the world hasn't heard yet. You can help this regular guy do something extraordinary. 

Even if you decide not to back this, you can still help me.

The only way ideas spread are if those who are moved by them share them, one person at a time. If you decide not to back my project, but would still like to see my book made, please consider sharing this project with those you know would be interested, and please consider using the Indiegogo share tools to spread it on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. It would mean so much to me. Also, please leave your comments below, I’d love to hear from you.

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This campaign ended on March 20, 2014
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  • $3CAD
    The Babe Ruth Special

    A SHORT STORY TOLD BY BABE RUTH'S GRANDDAUGHTER LINDA. Babe Ruth is the most famous baseball player to have worn #3, and so for just $3 I will email you a short written story from my interview with Babe Ruth's Granddaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti. Pretty cool perk for the first level, eh?

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    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $12CAD
    The Roberto Alomar

    PLUS DIGITAL BOOK & MONTHLY EMAIL SURPRISE. Roberto Alomar, the Hall of Fame second baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays wore #12, and so for just $12 you will receive everything above PLUS a digital version of the book upon completion, as well as a monthly email surprise (from March until December, 2014) with a video/audio interview or excerpt from the book! Gotta love second base!

    4 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $33CAD
    The Larry Walker

    PLUS AN AUTOGRAPHED PRINT COPY OF THE BOOK. Good Ole Canadian Boy Larry Walker played for the Expos and wore #33, and so for just $33 you will receive everything above PLUS an autographed print copy of the book. Heck, I'll even put a special inscription inside if you ask. Us Canadians are so nice, aren't we?

    10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: February 2015
  • $42CAD
    Jackie Robinson - GTA Delivery

    PLUS AN AUTOGRAPHED PRINT COPY OF THE BOOK HAND DELIVERED (if you live in or near the GTA). Jackie Robinson wore #42, a number that is retired by Major League Baseball. I don't have plans to retire after writing this book, but if you live in or near the GTA, I'll hand-deliver your book personally, in addition to providing all the digital rewards listed above. Maybe we can even grab a coffee?

    3 out of 10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: February 2015
  • $72CAD
    The Carlton Fisk

    THE NO-BRAINER OPTION. In addition to receiving EVERYTHING listed above (excluding personal delivery), for just $72 (#72 worn by Hall-of-Famer Carlton Fisk) you can join me as a *guest via telephone on a 20-minute segment of my podcast "The Dugout" to talk baseball. *If you would prefer, I can give a shout-out to a friend or family member instead (perhaps a cool way to wish someone a happy birthday?).

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    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $89CAD
    BABE RUTH SIGNED 8x10" PRINTS

    BONUS BABE RUTH PRINTS AUTOGRAPHED - only 3 autographed prints this size (8x10") available! Autographed by Babe Ruth's Granddaughter Linda. These retail for hundreds of dollars, but one can be yours for just $89, PLUS everything from the $33 level and above! *Additional shipping costs may apply outside North America.

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    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $114CAD
    Fergie Jenkins Signed Baseball

    PLUS A BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED BY HALL OF FAMER FERGIE JENKINS. In his Cy Young year, Fergie allowed 114 runs, so for just $114 you will receive everything above (excluding personal delivery) PLUS a baseball autographed by Fergie Jenkins, AND an excerpt from my exclusive interview with Fergie. *Add $30 to ship to the US. *Additional shipping costs may apply outside North America.

    2 out of 12 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $126CAD
    Matt Stairs Signed Baseball

    PLUS A BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED BY WORLD SERIES CHAMP MATT STAIRS. In 2008 Matt Stairs had 126 total bases for the Jays, so for just $126 you will receive everything from the $72 reward level and above (excluding personal delivery), PLUS a baseball autographed by Matt Stairs, AND a link to an exclusive video from my interview with Matt Stairs. *Add $30 to ship to the US. *Additional shipping costs may apply outside North America.

    1 out of 12 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $134CAD
    Blue Jays 16x20" Prints

    PLUS A 1992 BLUE JAYS ORIGINAL ARTWORK PRINT FROM BLUEJAYSART.CA. I recently won a "Touch Em All" print from Chris Ripley (www.bluejaysart.ca), and am offering that single print here. Chris has generously donated an additional print, "1992 Champions". For $134 you will get one of these limited edition 16x20 prints, PLUS everything from the $72 reward level and above (excluding personal delivery). *Add $30 to ship to the US. *Additional shipping costs may apply outside North America.

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    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $163CAD
    Babe Ruth Baseballs

    PLUS A BABE RUTH BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED BY LINDA RUTH TOSETTI, THE BABE'S GRANDDAUGHTER. Babe Ruth was originally a pitcher, taking the mound in 163 career games. For just $163 you will receive everything from the $72 level and above (excluding personal delivery) PLUS, an official Babe Ruth League baseball signed by Linda Ruth Tosetti, AND an EXCLUSIVE audio clip from my interview with Linda. *Add $30 to ship to the US. *Additional shipping costs may apply outside North America.

    0 out of 10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $249CAD
    The Pinch Hitter

    PLUS ASK A PLAYER A QUESTION - ANSWER TO BE PUBLISHED! You're coming in to pinch hit for me. For just $249 you will receive everything from the $72 level and above (excluding personal delivery), PLUS I'll let you know ahead of time who I will be interviewing, and you can provide me with a question to ask them. Their answer will be published, and you will get a mention in the book!

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    Estimated delivery: February 2015
  • $499CAD
    The Grand Slam

    PLUS ATTEND A JAYS GAME WITH ME. For just $499 you will receive The Pinch Hitter, and everything from the $72 level and above (excluding personal delivery), PLUS you will be my personal guest at a Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre this season to cheer on the home team. Or maybe you want to cheer for the opposing team and we can sit awkwardly together for 3 hours. Either way, the seats will be great.

    0 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: September 2014
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