Phillies Nation, a Philadelphia Phillies news website, is hosting a book club at Holy Family University in the Education and Technology Center on Monday, October 30, at 6:30 pm. The panel will discuss the book Macho Row: The 1993 Phillies and Baseball's Unwritten Code by William Kashatus.
The panel will include Mitchell Nathanson, professor of sports law at Villanova University, Tommy Greene, pitcher on the 1993 Phillies team and current broadcaster on NBC Sports Philadelphia, and Michael Sadowski, a Phillies Nation staff writer who will offer the fan’s perspective on the season. The event will be moderated by Phillies Nation CEO and Sports Management-Marketing coordinator, Brian Michael.
“The Book Club comes from our legacy of introducing academic debate into Philly sports media,” Michael said. “From our blog, podcast, and TV show, we've always tried to take an elevated approach to talking baseball. Specifically, it grew from this year's production of the podcast by our editor Tim Malcolm. He started the discussion with Mitchell Nathanson, a regular commenter on PhilliesNation.com and a professor of sports law at Villanova University. They had the idea of recording book reviews as a podcast. As we discussed the idea some more, we decided it would be fun to include a live audience and have fans read the book as well. We are always looking for ways to bring our large online communities together at in-person events.
Macho Row chronicles the 1993 Phillies success and World Series run, where they would ultimately lose to the Toronto Blue Jays in six games. Led by Lenny Dykstra, John Kruk, Darren Daulton, Mitch Williams, Dave Hollins, and Pete Incavaglia, the ’93 Phillies were a hard-knocks, exciting team that adhered to the baseball “code,” unwritten rules designed to preserve the integrity of baseball.
“We'll primarily be discussing the book and how its perspective may differ from what we remember or what we've heard before,” Michael said. “We have an academic, a player, and a fan all on the panel, so we feel it will be a unique discussion. With Tommy Greene's first-hand accounts of the infamous Macho Row and Phillies training room, I'm sure there will be some crazy tales. The audience will no doubt be sharing their personal recollections as well.”
Greene is a former professional baseball player, most notably with the Atlanta Braves (1989–1990), Philadelphia Phillies (1990–1995), and Houston Astros (1997). During the 1993 Phillies season, Greene amassed a 16-4 record, tying him with Curt Schilling for the most wins on the team that season.
“I hope they can add to the legacy of the 1993 Phillies team,” Michael said. “We know they weren't perfect, but that's why we loved them. Each panelist will bring their own perspective on the book and expand upon the stories found within. I think older members of the audience will learn a lot more about players that hold a special place in their hearts. Younger students will have the opportunity to experience these stories for the first time and hopefully gain a deeper understanding of the sports industry.”