Walkoff Walk is nothing if we're not a clearinghouse for meaningless statistics. Time for an update on Sports Illustrated scribe Selena Roberts book sales, or Value Over Replacement Attack Tome (VORAT). Here's the AP story with the sorry news, via the BBTF Newsblog:
Just a month after making headlines with its allegations that the New York Yankees star likely used steroids as far back as high school, Selena Roberts' "A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez" has vanished from best seller lists.
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, which tracks about 75 percent of industry sales. The book sold 11,000 in its first week, then quickly faded.
At the Rizzoli Bookstore in midtown Manhattan, "A-Rod" has sold two copies. Twenty-seven copies have sold at Posman Books, based in Grand Central Terminal, but none in the past two weeks.
Looks like Selena disclosed all the juiciest bits of her tale way too soon. Her smear job on A-Rod had its interesting parts, but they were either revealed months too soon (steroids in high school) or poorly researched and barely fact-checked (that tipping pitches nonsense). Of course, we could pin the lack of sales on the recession with folks not buying books for pleasure much anymore, or the fact that most mouth-breathing A-Rod critics can't actually read, but I'd be far happier picturing HarperCollins forcing Selena Roberts to write fluff books about famous Olympians to pay off her debts to the company.
Meanwhile, "The Yankee Years", the Tom Verducci rag where Joe Torre burns all his bridges and bitches about his former employers and co-workers, is sitting on the back of every guido's toilet in Staten Island.