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Okay, so David Goodwillie’s young-impressionable-naive-type-meets-Gotham memoir, Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, treads a little heavily along the same path as Fitzgerald, McInerney, and, uh, Lauren Weisberger. But Goodwillie does claim one memorable distinction: He played baseball in college, and it was a disastrous major-league tryout for the Cincinnati Reds that sent him to Giuliani-era New York City in the first place. Unfortunately, Goodwillie doesn’t mention hardball again for another 200 or so pages; rather, he goes off in detail about the series of odd jobs he held after arriving in the big city. Some jobs are wacky, some lame, and only one particularly compelling: Goodwillie’s gig as a sports appraiser turns out to be sharp, funny memoir fodder worth all the weighty comparisons. Too bad his next career move results in him getting screwed by the dot-com bust. Tell Goodwillie that Jay McInerney’s editor would have asked him to stick to the baseball when he speaks and signs copies of his work at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Mike DeBonis)