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"I guess so," he said.
The inevitable came: "Were you nervous, Don?"
"Well, I suppose I was," he said in a small voice, and the reporters leaned in to hear. "I'm sure glad to get that first one out of my system," he added.
"How about your first time at bat?"
Don took a nervous sip of beer before he answered, then stated the rookie's classic thought:
"I did," he said proudly, "what I always dreamed I'd do—get a hit my first time up in the majors."
"I'll bet all Olanta was rooting for you today," a man ventured.
"Look," Don said, and he got up, reached into the top shelf of his locker and took down a handful of telegrams.
"All from people I know back home," he said. He opened one as a sample. It carried at the top a message of good luck, and then followed 60-odd names and nicknames. "Everybody I know back home."
"When you reported this spring," a reporter asked, "did you figure you could make this team?"