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Good Morning, Charlie Gibson

In 1999, when my second book, Every Pitcher Tells a Story, came out, I went on a mini book promotion tour on which I participated in many interviews with radio shows such as those on NPR, TV shows like the Weekend Today Show and many major newspapers and magazines. At one stop, I was scheduled to meet a reporter for coffee to discuss my new book before he interviewed me for the Philadelphia Daily News, but as I was about to leave my hotel room for the interview, the phone rang. On the other end was a producer from Good Morning America who asked me if I could be at Shea Stadium at 8:00 a.m. the next morning because Charlie Gibson wanted to interview me. Obviously thrilled and more than a little nervous, I took down all of the information and ended up being a half an hour late to my interview with the Philadelphia reporter.

The interview with Gibson

After the interview with the Philadelphia reporter, I packed my bags, took a train to New York City and checked into a hotel. However, that night, I slept very little. Before I knew it, I was at Shea Stadium ready to do the biggest interview of my life. I met Gibson, a very nice guy, who told me that he wanted to do the interview on the mound, which he thought would make the perfect backdrop to the title of my book. The only problem was that the Mets' security didn't like the idea, so Gibson decided to interview me in the stands. All of a sudden, I heard someone from across the empty stadium yell, "Seth Swirsky?" It was a guy that I had gone to Dartmouth with, David Howard, who was then the Vice President of the Mets! On the spot, he permitted us to use the Shea Stadium mound for the interview. (You can see the interview in the SethPlayer.) Charlie was thrilled, but not as much as I was. Standing on the mound allowed me the chance to imagine who had pitched where I was standing, including Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman and Nolan Ryan, and to point out to Gibson where my father and I had sat during game four of the 1969 World Series. It was an exciting afternoon.

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