The Uncomfortable Reunion
(Hallway somewhere in Wrigley Field, two players emerge from the visiting team's clubhouse dressed to the nines in their gray road uniforms)
KW: Man, I sure miss this place...this city.
MD: Well, when you move to Cleveland, there's a good chance you'd miss living in Kazakhstan.
(They share a laugh as a portly gentleman comes towards them, head down, cell phone glued to ear)
JH: Yes, Andy...I'll be sure to pick up the dry cleaning, and pick-up dinner...glad you're flying in this weekend. How's Rich and Felix doing? They ever ask about me?
(Lost in conversation, the two parties bump into each other)
JH: Oh sorry, excuse me...
(He looks up, his heart stopping for a moment, he puts the phone away before finishing his conversation on the other line)
JH: I got to go Andy...
KW: Oh hey...
JH: Hey guys....wow, didn't expect to see you...figured you'd be busy visiting old friends and family and stuff.
MD: Um yeah, got the game today and all (gesturing towards the field).
JH: Right, right...yeah...so how are things going? I haven't been really able to keep up...you guys look great.
KW: Oh thanks...(forcing a compliment) you too.
JH: So are they treating you good in Cleveland?
MD: Sure, not the season we expected, but they've been good to us.
JH: Yeah, not the season we expected either, I can relate.
(they share an uncomfortable laugh...you can see KW and MD itching to say more but they resist...an uncomfortable silence fills the air...JH finally fakes like his cell phone is vibrating)
JH: Oh look at there, got a call, I got to take this...
KW: Oh, alright...well it was great to see you.
JH: You guys too...it was really great to see you..
(they slowly walk away in opposite directions, KW and MD towards the field, JH sulks to inner bowels of Wrigley...as he reaches the end of the corridor he looks back, hoping they look back to, trying to muster the courage to say something...a small tear wells up in his eye)
JH: (under his breath) I miss you guys...
KW & MD: (walking onto the field, the buzz of the stadium making it too loud to hear JH) Jack-ass!