Michael Arroyo, the protagonist, is a phenomenal baseball player and everyone knows it. After an outstanding game, a league official informs Michael that he is ineligible until proper certification is provided, due to a complaint from other coaches. Michael moved to the U.S from Cuba at a young age and his father has passed away so he has no way of knowing where his birth certificate is.
Mr. Gibbs, a worker for the Administration of Child Services, stops by Michael's apartment to ask a few questions. Michael is surprised and hesitant to answer these questions. Michael reveals that his father returns in a few days, even though his father is deceased.
Michael's best friend, Manny has an uncle who happens to be involved in acting. Michael and Manny convince Manny's uncle to play the role as Michael's father for the meeting with Mr. Gibbs (the ACS worker). Manny's uncle successfully pulls the trick off.
Michael is with his teammates during a vital playoff game when Michael's brother Carlos shows up with a few others. One of them happens to be Michael's favorite Yankee's player known as El Grande Gonzalez. El Grande heard about Michael's case and helped him find his birth certificate back in Cuba, making Michael now eligible to play.
Michael and his team pull off a comeback and win their playoff game. Next, they compete for the district championship game in Yankee Stadium.
Michael and Carlos show much gratitude towards El Grande for his courteous and generous actions in regards to Michael's predicament. Michael and El Grande's daughter continue their friendship. Michael begins his District championship game in Yankee Stadium, thus leaving satisfaction to the reader.