An early day had turned into a long night as the last of the crowd trickled down the ramps at Yankee Stadium. Everyone was feeling good after a comeback win in the second game of a doubleheader, but two people near gate 4 were doing better than the rest.
Maybe it was their one-of-a-kind T-shirts – one said “I am Phil Coke’s Grams” and the other said “I am Phil Coke’s Gramps” – or maybe it was the fact that their grandson just had another strong outing.
“Phil had a great game tonight,” someone said. “He’s really pitching well.”
More people gathered around Phil Coke’s Grams and Gramps.
“That was some double play he started,” someone else said. “He looked like Jeter on that one.”
“He looks best when he’s pitching like Phil Coke,” another person said. “Lefties like him are few and far between. I think he’s gonna be a big part of this team for a long time.”
Phil Coke’s Grams and Gramps smiled.