Justin arrived at Yankee Stadium in full uniform. He walked proudly through the tunnel and got his first look at the field.
“It’s beautiful,” he said. “I can’t believe I’m finally here.”
His father placed a hand on his shoulder.
“You earned it,” he said.
Justin is a week off of Parris Island. He is a United States Marine and proud of it. His father is proud, too.
“I bought these tickets awhile ago,” his father said. “I surprised him when he got home from basic training.
“He’s a good kid,” his father continued. “He always tries to do what’s right. I didn’t want him to join, but there was no stopping him. He used to look at my Marine photos when he was little and that’s probably where it started.”
Justin doesn’t know where he’s going next. He might be headed to Iraq or maybe Afghanistan.
“But I’m here tonight,” he said. “Nothing else matters right now.”
Justin put an arm around his father.