imageI’ve been keeping a secret from you.

A few months back, Chris Garber — one of our original writers here at Redleg Nation — and I began writing a book about the Cincinnati Reds. (Well, we actually started writing it almost a decade ago, but that’s another story for another time.) That book will be published next spring by Triumph Books.

The book is going to be called The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds.

Over the last few months, we’ve pored over old newspapers, delved into every musty Reds book we could get our hands on, and worked very hard to get each chapter just right. Our goal from day one was to make The Big 50 different from every other Reds book out there. We wanted it to be a collection of stories presented in a way you’ve never read before.

We really can’t wait for you to read it and let us know if we achieved that goal.

Last night, Chris and I put the final touches on the manuscript and delivered it to our editor at Triumph, so we thought it might be time to announce it to the world. We’re taking a bit of a deep breath right now — we just wrote a book! — but we’ll be filling you in on all the details soon. After all, if it weren’t for Redleg Nation — if it weren’t for you — we never would have gotten this opportunity.

Over the coming months, we’ll have excerpts from the book, and we’re going to start a running series here at RN featuring all the great stories that were left on the cutting room floor. We’re also thinking about promotions related to the book as we approach the publication date. Stay tuned.

Sorry for keeping the secret for so long. I’ll keep you in the loop the rest of the way, I promise.