The guys gathered around Juan Carlos’s coffee cart were still feeling a little sorry for themselves this morning.
“Glum isn’t what I expected from this crowd,” Javier said as he ripped into a glazed donut. “Winning is sweet so let’s see some smiles.”
“Winning is great,” someone admitted, “but we’re still worried about losing Chien-Ming Wang.”
“Sure we’re gonna miss him,” Javier agreed. “But this isn’t about us. It’s about Wang. He’s the one who’s hurt and has to do all the work to get back.
“We shouldn’t take that for granted,” Javier continued. “This guy is always taken for granted. Put down 19 wins from him every year, right? It’s not that easy and coming back from this injury won’t be easy either.”
Javier finished off the donut and washed it down with the last of his coffee.
“Wang’s a tough guy,” he resumed. “If anyone can recover and be ready for the stretch run, it’s him.”
“I won’t take him for granted when he gets back,” someone offered.
“Don’t take the work he’s gonna do in the next couple of months for granted either,” Javier said. “No one will see it, but it’s gonna be important.”
They all nodded and a few knowing smiles broke through, too.