Everyone that was gathered around Juan Carlos’s coffee cart this morning kept glancing down the Grand Concourse. They were looking for Javier to come and spin tales about last night’s game.
“What’s taking him so long?” someone asked.
“He was probably up half the night,” someone else said. “I’m sure he was telling anyone who would listen about all the times he’s seen Humberto (Sanchez) pitch.”
Everyone nodded and laughed.
“What’s so funny,” said Javier, who had snuck up behind them by circling around the block.
“You are,” someone said. “We figured you were taking all the credit for Humberto’s perfect inning last night.”
“That was great,” he said. “Humberto is gonna be a big part of the future and I’m not just saying that because he’s from our neighborhood.”
“Did you see him leave the Stadium?” someone asked.
“I sure did,” Javier said. “I yelled ‘Way to go Humberto!’”
“What did he do?” someone asked.