The next day, at the breakfast table, Todd’s mom and dad could tell that Todd was still very troubled by what had happened the day before. They tried to console him, to reassure him that if he would just be patient a little while longer, things would turn around. But the harder they tried, the more upset Todd became.
Finally, Todd stood up, and with tears welling up in his quickly reddening eyes, announced that he was quitting the team and giving up baseball – FOREVER!
Before his mom and dad could catch their breath or the shattered pieces of his childhood dreams could hit the kitchen floor, Todd angrily stormed off to his room, slammed the door, buried his face in his pillow, and began to sob uncontrollably.