A few years ago, Joe Posnanski—formerly a Kansas City sportswriter, and today famous as a JoePa apologist—interviewed me about one of my books and posted my answers on his blog. He asked me whether, if I'd become a major league pitcher, I still would have become a writer. I emailed, "No. I would have continued becoming an asshole until I'd perfected that persona to a degree even Jose Canseco hasn't." He told his fans, "I told you Pat's good at swearing. I would say that Pat Jordan is the best curser in journalism today, and I say that with great esteem because I think the second best is my friend and hero, Scott Raab."