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Game Seven

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Game Seven

My name is Julio Ramirez Jr. and baseball is my whole life.

Since he was ten, Julio has lived in the shadow of his famous father. Not just because Julio Senior is a pitcher for the Miami Marlins, but because he fled Cuba to play professional baseball, leaving his Julio and his mother and sister branded as the family of a traitor.

Now sixteen, Julio dreams of playing for Cuba's national team—until he finds out his father's defection may destroy his chances. When he's given the opportunity to flee Cuba, he has to make the toughest choice of his life. Can he abandon his family, just like his Papi did? Will freedom be worth the perilous journey and risking prison if he's caught? Will his Papi be waiting for him on the other shore—or, with the Marlins in the World Series against the Yankees, has Julio Senior forgotten about his son?

Set against the backdrop of the Series on which everything depends, Game Seven is a suspenseful story of loyalty, survival, and baseball.
My name is Julio Ramirez Jr. and baseball is my whole life.

Since he was ten, Julio has lived in the shadow of his famous father. Not just because Julio Senior is a pitcher for the Miami Marlins, but because he fled Cuba to play professional baseball, leaving his Julio and his mother and sister branded as the family of a traitor.

Now sixteen, Julio dreams of playing for Cuba's national team—until he finds out his father's defection may destroy his chances. When he's given the opportunity to flee Cuba, he has to make the toughest choice of his life. Can he abandon his family, just like his Papi did? Will freedom be worth the perilous journey and risking prison if he's caught? Will his Papi be waiting for him on the other shore—or, with the Marlins in the World Series against the Yankees, has Julio Senior forgotten about his son?

Set against the backdrop of the Series on which everything depends, Game Seven is a suspenseful story of loyalty, survival, and baseball.
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  • From the book From his chair, Uncle Ramon kicked his shoes off and dug his feet deep into the sand.

    "Your papi was able to get a sum of money into Cuba through a Canadian turista," he said, as the smell of sword­fish filtered through the salty air. "That money was given to Gabriel."

    I was pissed. My family had struggled for every peso, just to meet the bills. No wonder Gabriel could afford steaks like these.

    "Why?" I demanded. "How come our money went to him?"

    "So Gabriel can get us out of Cuba," Uncle Ramon re­plied, before popping the top on a can of soda with a tsssp.

    Those words seemed to hang in the air for a moment— get us out of Cuba.

    I only felt the weight of them when Luis grabbed hold of my arm and gasped, "Holy crap."

    My heart began beating harder and harder inside my chest, and I had to actually think about taking my next breath.

    "And that's his payment?" I asked, hoping to steady myself.

    "Payment?" repeated Gabriel, turning the steaks on the grill with a long metal fork. "No. There's nothing for me. That money covered the entire cost of building—"

    "Look! Down the beach!" interrupted Luis. "Police!"

    There were two officers on a motorcycle with a sidecar. It had three wide wheels, meant to power its way over the sandy shore. They were slowly making their way from the far end of the beach toward where we'd camped.

    "Just act naturally. Remember the truth: you're baseball players from Matanzas celebrating a victory over Puerto Padre. Nothing more," instructed Gabriel. "Besides, I know these two, what they're all about."

    "You know them?" asked Luis.

    "I make it my business to," answered Gabriel, through the smoke from the barbecue.

    The policemen rolled past the families and kids with­out any interest. But they took a long glance at the two girls reading on their blankets. They seemed about to pass us, too, before Gabriel called out to them, "Officers! A moment, please!"

    I shot Uncle Ramon a concerned look, already feeling the sweat on my palms.

    "I've learned to trust him," Uncle Ramon said quietly, barely moving his lips. "There's no other way."

    Gabriel took one of the steaks on a paper plate down to the officers, who were maybe ten yards from the water. They had some conversation. Then one of the officers gave us a thumbs-up and called out, "I used to play baseball myself."

    A minute later, they were gone with their steak.

    "They'll pass this way again in a few hours, just before sundown," said Gabriel, who'd walked back to us. "Their last patrol of the day. That's when we'll be packing up."

    "We're going to sit here that long?" asked Luis. "And do what? Talk?"

    "How much of this does my mama know?" I asked Uncle Ramon.

    "She knows enough," he answered. "That there's a plan, and that it's happening sooner rather than later."

    "How soon?" I asked.

    "Tonight," answered Gabriel, handing me a steaming plate of fish.

    "What about her and Lola?"

    "Your mother thinks the trip is too dangerous for Lola," answered Uncle Ramon. "And she won't leave her daughter behind. Your sister knows nothing of it."

    "They're both staying?" I asked.

    "Your mother's made her choice," my uncle said. "Now you need to make one."

    "How about me?" asked Luis.

    "I'm your father," said Uncle Ramon. "You go where I go, and we're leaving Cuba."

    Luis nodded his head, taking a plate of his own.

    I turned to my cousin and said, "Besides, you don't want to be the son of a defector."

    Then...

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