The story of a baseball comeback centers around Matt Cooper who at 34 feels his pitching ability on the decline. There is a bad game in New York that contributes to the Falcons' decision to retire Matt to a coaching position but in that game Matt hits a foul which injures a young fan, Billy Carmichael, who has run away from his upstate home just to see Matt play. Visiting Billy in the hospital, Matt gets firm young advice. Billy tells him he could play better if he wanted to. It is one of a combination of events that makes Matt sign with a smaller team, to pitch and not to coach, and, with Billy taken on as bat boy, their hard but happy road back leads to a victory over the Falcons. Well written.