By Mike Lupica
The setting of the story is the Bronx, New York this helped Michael. This is revealed in the text when it says" Michael grabbed his glove off the kitchen table where he'd left it, stuffed the ball in the pocket, locked the apartment door behind him, headed for the at Macombs Dam Park.The field had always felt like his own safe place. There were two ballfields at Macombs Dam Park, a real green-grass park in the Bronx."(14-15.) This helps Michael get his mind off his bad days.
The plot is important in this story. Is is revealed in the text when it says "They decided that until a proper birth certificate is on the file, you're not eligible to play, Mr. M said"(86)"By now he had a sixth sense about kids, whether they were in the system or not, whether they were on his Bronx Little League team or not. Something wasn't right in Michael Arroyo's life, he was sure of it. Tony Gibbs had a feeling, one of his famous gut instincts, that the kid' sold man had ran out on them"(110).The plot says important facts in the stor