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"You're George Brett, aren't you?" she inquires.
"Right. Who're you?"
"I'm Judy. I wonder if you'd sign an autograph for my kids."
"Your kids? You look like a kid yourself. What'd you do, get married at 12?"
"I was older than that. I'm divorced now. Actually, I'm 27."
"You are? So am I. It's great, isn't it? Being 27."
"I've never had such a good time."
"Well, sit down then. Have some chicken wings."
On the television set behind the bar, the Royals are playing the Twins in Minnesota. Brett would give anything to be there with his team, but when you are 27, a bachelor and George Brett, there are compensations.
Brett returned to the lineup on July 10 and had two hits. The next day he had three. Then one, three, two, two and four. And so on. His batting average has rocketed from .350 to .385, the best in baseball. Since he has been back the Royals have won 17 of 24. Two weeks later, they signed him to a five-year contract at $1 million a year and added $250,000 to each of the two remaining years on his current contract. All things considered, they got a bargain.