I attended the recent SABR conference in Philadelphia (and a good time was had by all), when I saw a gentleman with a hand-written nametag that caught my eye.
Eric Rolfe Greenberg.
The author of one of the most highly-regarded baseball novels, The Celebrant.
Previously, I might not have had the nerve to approach someone of that literary stature (even though we had exchanged a few messages via Facebook), but emboldened by becoming a "member of the club" I introduced myself, mentioned the Baseball Bookshelf blog and asked if he might have some time for a brief chat.
Here's the result: The setup and the conversation.