Umpire Solomon Johnson is squeezing the strike zone and throws out both the Pine City Porcupines starting pitcher and manager “Grumps” Humphrey for arguing the call. Chad tries to make peace by giving Solomon a rarely issued “umpire card”—but the ump blows his top. He thinks Chad is making fun of his weight. It’s going to be a long nine innings!
Kurtis Scaletta is the author of several well-received middle grade novels, including the baseball-centric story Mudville, one of Booklist’s 2009 Top 10 Sports Books for Youth. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Artist Ethen Beavers has worked on comics editions of the Justice League, Indiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Star Wars. He also illustrates the popular bestselling NERDS series. He lives in Modesto, California.
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