By Mike Lupica
Enjoying shortstop is a lifestyle for Hutch - not just is his hero, Derek Jeter, a shortstop, yet so was once his father, a former neighborhood legend grew to become seasoned. that's why having to play moment base seems like demotion to moment workforce. but that is the place Hutch finally ends up after Darryl "D-Will" Williams, the easiest shortstop prospect considering that A-Rod, joins the workforce. yet Hutch is not anything if now not a staff participant, and he is cool with enjoying in D-Will's shadow - till, that's, the 2 shortstops in Hutch's existence betray him in a manner he by no means can have imagined. With the league championship at the line, simply how a ways is Hutch prepared to bend to be an excellent teammate?
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Even having to whisper, the two of them were completely 51 happy like this, lying on their backs, one of them on a real bed and one of them on the floor, going back over the game a pitch at a time, like it was one of those replays of Marlins games you got on television as soon as the real game was over, until they couldn’t keep their eyes open a minute longer. “Good night, compai,” Hutch said. His mom had told him that compai was the slang version of compadre. ” Nobody talked then. Hutch fought sleep for one more minute, still picturing that last swing, remembering the way the ball felt coming off his bat, remembering the run around the bases.
And maybe you even think we don’t need 21 one on this team, because we’ve got a bunch of hard-working guys with great work ethics. “But I’ve always thought being a team captain in sports meant something. ” He stood up. ” Brett Connors raised a hand. “I’ve got one, Coach,” he said. “How do you want us to do this? ” Mr. Cullen put his hands up and walked between Hutch and Cody to the back of the circle. “You guys decide. ” Hutch actually thought Brett would make a good captain. He had grown up in Lantana before moving to East Boynton, so he had played Little League with guys from both places.
This one was in his sight lines the whole way. This time 46 he saw the whole thing: The Yankees right fielder stopping dead in his tracks after a few steps. Then the right fielder dropping to one knee as the ball left the yard. By the time Hutch rounded second base, he didn’t feel like he was running at all. More like he was floating. Cardinals 6, Yankees 5. Two dingers in the same game. He thought of the Spanish word his mom liked to use when something made her particularly happy: ¡Chévere! Excellent.