Copyright © 2011 by Russ Durbin
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The pitching career of Jim Roberts, the once great right-hander for the Comets, was nearly finished when he stepped out of the scorching August sun into the cool, dark dugout. He couldn’t last much longer. Jim knew it; his teammates knew it; the 26,000 paying customers in the stadium knew it.
“Vultures,” he thought as he mechanically took his jacket from the batboy and sank down on the far end of the bench. No one came near him. “They’re just a bunch of vultures, waiting for me to drop. Then, they’ll feast on the carcass. ‘Here lies elbow-bender Jim. He was never the same since his accident’.”