Javier was determined to do his part. He cheered loudly – completely committed to a comeback rally – until the final out.
“That’s my job,” he said with a shrug. “It’s easy to be behind the team when they’re winning, but this is when they need us most.”
A thin smile crossed Javier’s face.
“Besides,” he said. “I’ve got a reputation to protect.”
Brett Gardner pumped some extra pride into the neighborhood when he picked up his first big-league hit on Wednesday night. The fans gave him a standing ovation and he gave them much more.
“These are the greatest fans in the world,” Gardner said. “I’m really lucky to be here playing for the greatest franchise in all of sports. It was a great moment.”
Javier flashed a wide grin.
“We’ve all gotta live up to that.”