Como vuela la pelota, by Jennifer Degenhardt
Three boys. Three stories. And one sport that unites them - and maybe not the one you’d expect.For as long as they can remember, best friends Mario and Carlos have talked about playing professional baseball one day like one of their idols, Rafael Soriano of the Yankees. Though they have only played the game on the streets of the neighborhood, growing up the boys often repeated the same conversation about someday wearing the pinstriped uniform and giving post-game interviews to the press - in English and Spanish! It was wishful thinking, to be sure, but common for many young boys raised in the Bronx. It’s not until one fateful day when the boys are on the block with Carlos’s older brother that the trajectory of each of their lives changes - one for the better, and the other...well, not so much. The third boy, Elvin, lives in a smaller town in Nicaragua and has dreams of playing baseball in La Liga Nicaragüense de Béisbol Profesional.