Ruben Tejada went into the dugout feeling sorry for himself. He had just made his fourth error in the first five games of the season.
Daniel Murphy knew he had to act. He quickly ran into the clubhouse and to his locker. He reached inside his gym bag and pulled out his orange and blue Supehero costume. Moments later, he was running back toward the dugout, the cape with the large number 28 trailing behind.
“Daniel… I still know it’s you,” Ruben said.
“Oh,” Daniel said. “I was just trying to cheer you up.”
“I know,” Ruben said. “And I appreciate it. But right now, we’re not taking on the Evil Empire. The Capitol Clown isn’t here. I need to focus on my at bat right now. I’m leading off the inning.”
Daniel lowered his head and went back to the clubhouse and changed back into his game day uniform.
Ruben stepped up to the plate to start the inning. He was still thinking about his error and how Daniel was trying to cheer him up. Then he struck out looking.
“Get yourself together, El Once,” Ruben said to himself. “You’re a Major League shortstop and the best sidekick in the business. It will get better.”