A witty and wild ride narrated by a sharp writer with a big heart and beautiful soul. (David Ritz, bestselling author of The Man Who Brought The Dodgers Back to Brooklyn
As a professional fantasy sports analyst, I usually overlook the impact mascots can have on a player's performance. But after learning that AJ Mass, a former Mr. Met, once inspired Bret Saberhagen to pitch a five-hit shutout and that his performance once distracted Braves slugger Fred McGriff to the point he was nearly decapitated during infield practice, perhaps I shouldn't. Yes, It's Hot in Here
is a fascinating and fun look at a part of the sports world that everyone is aware of but few people really know. (Matthew Berry, New York Times bestselling author of Fantasy Life
Mass, a nice Queens boy and current writer for ESPN.com, lifts the proverbial and physical mask to explore what he calls the "certain weirdness" of being a major league mascot. The result is a memoir-cum-Mr. Met-genealogy which traces the roots of the character and the intersection of his own turn in the role through a taxonomy of mascotdom, from the royal courts of Renaissance Europe to keg-saturated college campuses. It is studded with profiles of mascots Mass has known and those he has searched out, the quiet practitioners of the art of mugging for a crowd in an anthropomorphized animal suit. (Gelf Magazine
About the Author
AJ MASS is a professional fantasy football, baseball, and college basketball analyst for ESPN.com. In 1994, he became the first person to don the Mr. Met suit since the mascot was retired by the Mets in the 1960s, and he played Mr. Met through the 1997 season. His first book, How Fantasy Sports Explains the World: What Pujols and Peyton Can Teach Us about Wookiees and Wall Street,
was published in August 2011. He lives in New Jersey.