Luis Valbuena figured he'd get the chance to pinch-run this month when the Seattle Mariners called him up from Class AAA Tacoma.
He called his parents and family at home in Venezuela and told them this was a cup of coffee appearance and not to expect much.
"They went crazy happy," Valbuena said.
Last week in Texas, he started at second base - and made sure his family knew about it before hand.
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"They wanted to see me play," he said.
And tonight, in the small city of Zulia, they'll gather again in the Valbuena house, because their 22-year-old pride and joy is starting at second base again.
No, they don't have cable television, nor can they afford a satellite dish.
"They watch it on computer," Valbuena said. "My parents, aunts and uncles - about 15 people, all sitting by the computer screaming for me."
That is what September can mean in baseball, no matter what the win-loss record.
In the small town of Zulia, there is a new hero. And in Seattle, a youngster trying to prove himself.