Carlos slumped in a seat at the back of the 2 train this morning.
“Are you alright?” someone asked.
“Sure,” Carlos answered. “I’m just recovering from a late night.”
Then he smiled and added:
“But it was a great game.”
Ian Kennedy started it with six strong innings. Robinson Cano salvaged it with a pinch-hit homer. And Mariano Rivera finished it with a strikeout.
“It was tighter than I wanted at the end,” Carlos admitted, “but a win is a win and they’re all nice. I think the smiles in the dugout were equal parts joy and relief.”
No one had a bigger smile than Cano.
“Robbie really needed that,” Carlos said. “He’s been struggling, but I bet that’ll get him going. We need his bat and his glove and his smile, too.”
Carlos slumped back in the seat and flashed his own smile – Cano style – as the 2 train rumbled on.