Mr. Rosati sat at the back of the 2 train and listened to a recap of yesterday’s game.
“Ian Kennedy really had to battle,” someone said. “He couldn’t locate his pitches like usual and there was a big error behind him. But he still held it close into the fifth.”
“Yeah,” someone else said. “I like how he toughed it out and gave the team a chance to win.”
Mr. Rosati nodded and smiled.
“Tough guys don’t look like they used to,” he said. “Kennedy looks like the young kids you see playing ball in the park. He’s got a face like apple pie.
“I’m showing my age here,” Mr. Rosati continued. “But Sal Maglie was a tough guy that looked like a tough guy. Gossage looked tough and so did Guidry. Even Pettitte looks tough when he stares down the hitter with the glove to his face. Kennedy just doesn’t look tough enough.”
His pitching tells a different story.
“Absolutely,” Mr. Rosati said. “The kid pitches tough and plays tough. I like him a lot. He just doesn’t look like a tough guy.”
Everyone on the train stared at him blankly.
Mr. Rosati shrugged.
“I guess it’s just me.”