Tim Wendel is the author of 11 books -- novels and narrative nonfiction. His latest book is DOWN TO THE LAST PITCH (Da Capo Press). His writing has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Gargoyle, The New York Times, The Washington Post and American Scholar. He's a writer in residence at Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches nonfiction and fiction. For more information, www.timwendel.com.