Mike Lawson may have waived his no-trade clause, but he hasn’t left the Padres for the Cubs just yet — though that does nothing to really quell the speculation, both in the press and in the locker room. Of course, Mike proves to be no help whatsoever as he keeps his cards close to his chest, refusing to tell the rest of the team, and even Ginny, if the trade is taking place.
That still doesn’t stop Ginny from becoming a one-woman “Keep Mike Lawson a Padre” campaign, though. Mike remains unconvinced, insisting he wants that World Series ring. (Maybe he should try telling himself that, since he seems to be upset about something more than just leaving the Padres.)
Later, after warming up for what will be his last game with the Padres, Mike learns he won’t be playing because the Cubs don’t want him to get injured. Upset, Mike spends most of the game’s first half pacing in the dugout.
Luckily, Ginny isn’t going to stand for either Mike Lawson or Padres fans missing out on his final game in his home stadium. She tells Mike to put on his helmet and uses a cameraman’s crush on her to capture the whole thing on television. Almost on cue, the crowd starts chanting, and I tear up because I apparently now care about baseball?!
Unfortunately, there’s not much to see. Mike quickly strikes out and returns to the dugout disappointed, the Padres having lost. But that doesn’t matter as the crowd swells, cheering and calling his name. Teary-eyed, he returns to the field to say hi to everyone.
Sadly, that’s more than his team gets — something Blip calls him out on, telling him he should have given a speech, taken them all out for drinks, or even just said goodbye. By the time Mike comes around, everyone’s gone and all he’s left with is Duarte. So, Mike takes Blip’s advice and tells the young player he scored for himself, not the team.
Over at home office, Oscar even tries to explain to Charlie that baseball is a sentimental game and fans have long memories. But Charlie replies he’s just in it to win and that means trading Mike, though that’s not the only thing on Oscar’s plate.
Not only does Al know about Oscar’s relationship with his daughter, Natalie, but she’s decided not to take a job in San Diego, choosing instead to volunteer with the International Medical Corp. To which Al (rather heartbreaking) replies, “International? That sounds far away.” Sniffle.
Before Natalie leaves, she clears the air between both men, telling Al that Oscar does have his back and Oscar that he knows Al is right. Once she’s gone, Oscar tells Al he’d asked her to stay and he’s glad Al let Mike hit after all.
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