Or maybe what happened is that they took Garvey's childhood away before he was done with it. Maybe it is too much to care for an invalid and go to school and do your chores and keep your room surgically clean and watch what faces you make and be 10 years old all at the same time. And maybe when you're forced to be that responsible on the outside, you resent it, and you become someone else on the inside.
Maybe we have found Steve Garvey out, and maybe it's best this way. Maybe, for better or worse, he can be himself now. The porch light is out for good.