Marcus from Mott Haven was facing a long day when he stopped at Juan Carlos’s coffee cart this morning.
“I’m working a doubleheader,” he said. “I’ve got a construction job on Gerard Avenue today and I’m delivering (pizzas) tonight.
“I have to put in the extra time to get ready for baseball,” Marcus continued. “I’m taking off Opening Day and I need to build up a bankroll because I always spend a bunch of money.
“I gotta have a scorecard and a new Yearbook and Media Guide,” he went on. “I also have my eye on a Phil Hughes T-shirt. I’ve already got a number 65, but I like to be current so I’m going for a number 34.”
Hughes is also working toward Opening Day.
“He had a rough start last night,” Marcus said. “The wind blew out a few homers, but he said he’s feeling good and getting close. That’s all that matters. Just put in your work and get ready for the season.”
Marcus finished his coffee, crumpled the cup and fired it into a trash can.
“Strike one,” he shot. “I gotta get to work.”