...The flight attendant, seeing my Royals cap, asks me if I'm from Kansas City.

"Lawrence," I say, "but I live in Brooklyn."

"Ah, I live in Kansas City, and I'll be cheering for the Royals too."

"Well, I'm from Queens," the old man across the aisle grumbles, "and I'm fer the Mets!"

"I know," I say. "The plane's full of you guys."

"Hey, I have to sit next to him!" the guy next to me yells to the old man.

The long flight ended with the Mets on top 2-0 in the top of the ninth. I have to say, it was pretty fun to communally watch that lead disappear on our smartphones. I gave them all pitying looks, while beaming on the inside.

AuthorJohn Proctor