This was the first story I did with David Granger, who's now the editor of Esquire. We met for dinner in New York City—it was the first time we'd met—and he asked me if I'd be interested in writing about Kevin Mackey and my alma mater. I was almost 40, and I'd published some short stories, but not much else. At the… » 4/07/14 2:28pm 4/07/14 2:28pm

I love baseball more than any other sport, it's not even close really, and this was the first big story I ever wrote about baseball. So when I'm sitting there with Rose at his restaurant in Florida and he's telling me about the USO trip he took to Vietnam with DiMaggio, it was like wow—not that I was in love with Pete… » 8/08/13 6:35pm 8/08/13 6:35pm