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"Oh," he said blankly, and I then heard him yell to somebody that I was the guy who was still calling, and then someone else came and took the phone and said, "Pass, catch or hit?"
Here I made one of those instant decisions that change the direction of your life. I said, "Pass."
"North Paterson High School field, 2 o'clock, Saturday," the voice said, and I figured I ought to say "Roger" but didn't. He hung up before I said anything.
My wife put the paper down and got that Barbara Stanwyck look on her face and said, "Well?"
"Sounds like a good bunch," I said. "Must be some college guys who want to stay in shape."
"Oh," she said.
I told her I was going out in the backyard for a while to run a few wind sprints and work on my steps. Ten minutes later I came back in and sat down.
"Well?" asked Anne.
"Take a while to round into shape," I said.
Saturday came, and I was nervous but Anne wasn't. She said something about how I'd have all day Sunday to recover and I had some sick time coming anyway, and I left for the field.