Paid To Play – Sister?
6-19 – (Win) ANGELS 12, SF 5 Sean Goes 2-4 With a Double, 2 RBI’S
6-20 – (Win) ANGELS 6, SF 0 Sean Goes 0-3 With a Walk
6-22 (Win) ANGELS 8, LA DODGERS 5 Sean Goes 1-3 With a Walk 1 RBI
6-23 (Loss) LA DODGERS 3, ANGELS 1 Backup Catcher Plays Goes 0-3
6-24 (Win) ANGELS 5, LA DODGERS 3 Sean Goes 1-3 2 RBI’S With His First Major League Home Run
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA
Sean McClure lays in bed tossing a baseball up into the air, over and over again… He’s wearing white boxers, and has no shirt on.
“So I’m batting about a .235 since I’ve gotten to Los Angeles, a bit lower than my lifetime average in the Minors, but that’s to be expected… But I did hit my first Major League Home Run last night… Wow…”
He catches the ball and looks at it.
“And that kid was nice enough to sell it to me after the game… I think I can live without that particular $40…”
He gets up and puts on some dark blue sweat pants, and a red Angel’s T-Shirt.
Sean finishes up some cereal, and Orange Juice, and jets out the door.
“No game today, but I’m headen to the Park to work in some Batting Practice, and maybe a run”
He gets into some sort of a Toyota two door sedan.
“I miss my Truck… But if I’m going to be driving from Santa Monica, to Anaheim when I’m in town, as the weather is so nice here I decided to rent a place here, the gas millage is better on this thing…”
Sean is sitting in traffic.
“I don’t actually mind the traffic… It gives me time to think… And I’ve got a lot to think about… Greg Sonders is going to meet me for a drink after Practice today, and then we’re going to head to a little Italian Restaurant called “Luigi’s”, to meet this girl that says she’s my Sister…”
He shakes his head to himself.
“Listen to me… “This Girl”… Nice Sean…”
Just then he notices a little kid waving around a Baseball Mitt at him from the car next to him.
Sean smiles and waves to him, and then the kids Dad realizes, that the kid had recognized Sean McClure as the Angel’s Replacement Catcher.
The Dad is yelling something, and so Sean rolls down the window, being as traffic is barely inching along.
“MY BOY RECOGNIZED YOU! HEY, NICE HIT LAST NIGHT!” the man yells
“THANK YOU!” Sean replies, and is about to shut the window, when the Dad throws the kid’s mitt through Sean’s window, hitting Sean in the chest.
“SORRY TO BOTHER YOU! DO YOU THINK YOU COULD SIGN THAT FOR HIM?!” the Dad yells.
Sean is pissed, and a bit surprised at first, but then looks at the kid, who is mad at his Dad for throwing his Mitt out the window…
“Ha” Sean laughs, signs it with a sharpie he has, then tosses the glove back.
“THANKS SEAN!” the guy yells, as Sean rolls up the window, and the traffic starts to move.
Sean’s Cell rings… It’s familiar Blink 182 Tune
Sean answers “Hello?”
“I know Greg…”
“Thank you Greg…”
“Yeah, I got a good swing on it…”
“I know Greg…”
He hangs up.
“Who needs a Mom…” Sean thinks to himself.
LUIGI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT, ANAHEIM
Sean and Greg walk into the restaurant, and there are three girls in their late teens, one Asian, one with dark hair, and one with long blond hair… The blond bows her head when they walk in, and looks shy… She’s wearing a Summer Dress, and tan Ugg Boots.
The dark haired girl steps forward “So nice to meet you Mr. McClure, I’m Beth’s Best Friend, Roberta… It’s very nice to meet you” the dark haired girl says, as she reaches out to shake Sean’s hand.
Meanwhile the shy blond girl wanders to their table, following the waitress, and peaking back at Sean, but then quickly looking away.
“Beth?” Sean replies to Roberta who is still shaking his hand as they walk.
“Beth McClure… Your Sister” Roberta says.
“You’re such a Dork Roberta” the Asian girl intervenes, and pulls Roberta’s hand away from Sean.
“And you are?” Sean says to the Asian girl.
“Oh… I’m Kristina… Nice to meet you Mr. McClure.”
Meanwhile, Greg is not amused, as they all sit down… Sean is sitting directly across from Beth, who sits at the other end of the long table.
He watches her as Roberta stuffs menus in everyone’s hands “There yah go”
Beth’s eyes wander everywhere but the table, but once in a while peak at Sean with curiosity.
Sean can’t help but smile.
“So how do we know you’re Sean’s Sister??” Greg suddenly blurts out.
Sean grabs Greg’s arm “Easy Boy…”
Beth tears up, and steps away “I’ll be right back” the first words she’s spoken.
Sean starts to stand to follower her, but Roberta and Kristina stop him “We got this Sean” speaks Roberta she and Kristina push him back into his seat.
AN HOUR OR SO LATER
They’re all leaving the restaurant, Beth is buried between Roberta, who is waving goodbye profusely, and Kristina who is shaking her head in disappointment of Roberta.
“BLEEP” suddenly Sean gets a text message as he gets into Greg’s car.
“It was nice to meet you Sean…”
It’s from Beth.
Sean looks out the passenger window as Roberta drives off, Beth is in the back of the car and puts her hand up against the window as they pass… She’s smiling slightly, and has tears in her eyes as she looks at Sean, then looks away.
“Wow…” Sean says out loud.
6-26 - (WIN) ANGELS 7, ORIALES 3 Sean goes 4-4 2 RBI’S with Another Home Run
Paid To Play – Day One