By Mike Lupica
Brian resides each baseball kid's dream: he's a batboy for his place of origin significant League staff. Brian believes that it's the correct factor to convey him and his big-leaguer dad nearer jointly. And if that weren't sufficient, this can be the season that Hank Bishop, Brian's baseball hero, returns to the Tigers for the comeback of an entire life. The summer time couldn't get far better! till Hank Bishop starts off to teach his actual shades, and Brian learns that usually lifestyles throws you a curveball.
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He was totally stupid, no doubt. Twice stupid, as a matter of fact. ” “And we know he’s cleaned up . . ” “Because,” Brian said, “the Tigers wouldn’t have signed him if he hadn’t. ” She smiled now, mostly to herself, and said, “That’s what I keep trying to be. ” Brian leaned forward, hands out, almost like he was reaching for her. “Mom,” he said, “you get why this is a totally cool 31 M i k e L upi ca thing, right? What a cool thing this can be for Hank and the Tigers? Because if he has a good season, then all the drug stuff and the way he’s messed up won’t be the last thing people remember about him.
Finn’s chair was down the third-base line, at the point where the stands were closest to the ﬁeld. Finn had told Brian his name for the summer should be Foul Ball Simpkins. For now, though, the two of them got to enjoy watching batting practice. Brian still felt stupid excited as he watched Hank Bishop get ready to take his cuts with the rest of the regulars. Davey Schoﬁeld would be using him as his DH tonight and batting him ﬁfth in the order. The Tigers’ ﬁrst-base coach, Rudy Tavarez, was throwing batting practice today.
Stinking . . way,” Brian said. “Way,” Kenny said. ” Hank Bishop had been out of baseball for a year and a half, ﬁrst because of a ﬁfty-game steroids suspension, then because no club in either league had signed him this spring when he was eligible to play again. He was thirty-ﬁve now, about to turn thirty-six on the Fourth of July. Brian knew that the way he knew everything there was to know about Hank Bishop. But now the Tigers, who needed a right-handed bat to come off the bench and act as a designated hitter occasionally, had brought him back to Detroit, given him one last chance to be something close to what he was.