“A few have felt so badly for him that they’ve approached the van with prayers and crumpled bills, assuming he must be homeless. They wonder: Is he a runaway teen? A destitute surfer? A new-age wanderer lost on some spiritual quest? The truth is even stranger: The Van Man has a consistent 92-mile-an-hour fastball, a $2 million signing bonus, a deal with Nike and a growing fan club.” ESPN with what could be the weirdest pitcher story since George Plimpton created the legend of Sidd Finch: Eli Saslow on the man in the van.