Eleven-year-old Ramon was adopted from Bolivia by the Cossanto family when he was only two. His adoptive father, Tony, is Italian American and part owner of a restaurant with his brother Ted. Although the business takes much of his time, he loves spending Sunday afternoons playing catch with Ramon and watching ball games on television. Ramon plays Little League baseball and is proud when his dad attends his games. Tony has the loudest cheering voice of all the other fathershis nickname for Ramon is "Slugger."
At times, Ramon feels uncomfortable when his father and Uncle Ted get together to watch ball games. Often, they criticize certain players. "Why did the team release Wilson and draft Sanchez? Couldnt they find an American 3rd baseman!" Ted remarks. "Theyre lazy, everyone knows that!" Tony laughs. Although Ramon loves his father and uncle, he questions whether they feel the same way about him.
"Im from South America," he thinks. "Am I lazy, too?"