"Published in early May by HarperCollins with an announced first printing of 150,000, A-Rod has sold just 16,000 copies so far, according to Nielsen BookScan ... As of Wednesday afternoon, the book ranked No. 2,904 on Amazon.com, where even James Frey's discredited memoir A Million Little Pieces — at 1,776 — is outselling it."Ah, what the hell, let's theorize with the aim of making sure that no matter what, it can't just be blamed on what a ShysterBall commenter panned as Roberts' "shallow, flash-in-the-pan 'journalism.' "
- Carrying around a book about Alex Rodríguez would be like carrying a Bear Stearns tote bag. There's such a profound sense of shame that everyone would just like to keep their distance.
- Even before the economic meltdown, sports publishing was a tough racket. Who's got $29.99 to shell out for a book which has largely been discredited? Sports bios also depend on how popular the athlete is and what kind of a season he's having. It could not have helped sales when Rodríguez was on the disabled list.
- A rule of thumb with sports publishing is a book needs something to sustain it once the holy-flurking-schnit factor runs its course. It's like the books José Canseco put out: Once you've got the dirt, what is there, really?
- Two other Yankees books hit the market first, Tom Verducci and Joe Torre's collaboration, The Yankees Years. A good friend has been sending MSN messages almost daily with some of the inside stuff in the Verducci book. Some of it, like the part about Roger Clemens having a trainer rub liniment on his testicles, has been excerpted, but there's a lot more beyond.