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  • "He imagined himself as a sprinter now, felt his arms and legs pumping, thought of the old Cuban sprinter his father used to tell him about... The only Dominican who wanted to talk about track stars instead of baseball."
  • "A family of three had become, in Michael Arroyo's young mind, an army of two."
  • “Michael still thought of Havana as home, because he was born there. And he had been Miguel Arroya there. Here, he was Michael.”
  • In the first scene we are introduced to Michael Arroyo as he helps a woman in need. After a thief snatches her purse Michael chases the man eventually throwing a baseball across the field striking the thief in the head. At this point the audience learns of Michael's gift, better known as his arm. Michael is something special with a cannon attached to his side.
  • "If there are real angels in the world, how come they are never around when we need them?"
  • As Michael's age becomes a question for baseball we meet his brother Carlos. The two live alone as their father has passed away. The two begin to worry as adults start poking into their lives. If adults were to discover they were living alone they would be separated. The themes of unity and indpenedece come up as the two boys struggle to make ends meet.
  • He inched through the crowd with one goal in mind. Finding El Grande and getting him that note.
  • As baseball season is in full swing Michael practices pitching in an ally behind his house. He reminisces about life with his father and brother. We learn more about his past including his journey to America. Michael become much more open with his emotions. He shows anger towards his pitching along with passion. We learn that baseball really is this kids life.
  • "Don't give up till the buzzer sounds"- Coach Joey
  • As pressure intensifies for the boys to produce their father, they call Manny's uncle to play Papi. Manny's uncle manages to fool Mr. Gibbs, a Little League official who also works for the Administration of Child Services. This ruse buys the boys some time. But without the birth certificate, Michael is forbidden to play ball. Michael becomes distraught as baseball is the highlight of his life and is now gone.
  • Michael finds El Grande, Michael's hero and a Yankee pitcher after a game and asks him for help. During the semi-final game, El Grande, Ellie and Mr. Gibbs find Michael. El Grande has called his contacts in Cuba and has located a copy of Michael's birth certificate. Now eligible to play, Michael steps in and helps his team win the game.
  • After learning the truth about Papi, Mr. Gibbs takes temporary custody of the boys until Carlos' birthday. He also gives Carlos a job at the Administration of Child Services. Michael's team plays and wins the district final game in Yankee Stadium, surrounded by friends including Mrs. Cora, El Grande and Ellie.
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