©2012 Susan Noyes Anderson
On the best day of Brian’s life, the Giants drafted him. He was the closer to end all closers––minor league––prospects of a rapid push to the majors. The kid’s arm was golden, and every manager knew it. AT & T park beckoned.
His curveball won the AAA championship, sending Brian to Arizona for spring training. This was his shot; he was pitching lights out. Right up until the UCL injury.
“You’ll come back stronger'n ever,” trainers said. “Tommy Johns did.”
Brian didn’t. The speed was gone, and before long, he was too. Closing the door for the last time, he looked around the locker room, memorized every detail.
You could have had it all, he whispered. You could have had it all.
You're still a great closer, Brian.
And now, you and your darling bride DO have it all.