Sonny Gives Mike A Baseball Glove
Sonny has been acting very unpredictable. He invites Mike over to give him a present. Sonny and Mike talk about the past and some good memories of Sonny's childhood. June 9, 2006.
Milo: (Brings in a wrapped gift). Got it.
Emily: Who's that for?
Sonny: You'll see. It's something I've wanted to do for a long, long time.
Mike: (Mike comes in the room) Hey. Hi, Emily.
Mike: (Nervously) Look, I think I know why you asked to see me.
Sonny: I don't think you do.
Emily: I'll leave you two. Okay. (Steps out of the room).
Sonny and Mike sit down in the living room. Sonny hands Mike the gift.
Mike: (Confused). It's not my birthday.
Sonny: Well, you know, we've missed plenty of those.
Mike: (Worried) Look, I thought you were going to cut me off because of the times that you've had to go and make good with my bookie.
Sonny: You know what? We've torn each other down enough. Go, (waves hands excitedly) just open it.
Mike: (Puzzled, as he sees the baseball mitt) It's a glove. It's a nice one.
Sonny: (Smiles) You still got to break it in. (Has tears in his eyes) You don't remember, Mike? Just like the one you bought me.
Sonny: (Standing up from couch) I don't know if you remember, when we used to go out in the street and we used to play catch. (Softly) I loved playing catch with you. You made the other dads look like wimps.
Mike: (Also standing up, smiling, and trying the mitt on) Did I? Well, I'm glad you have something good to remember.
Sonny: And the other kids, they never had brand new gloves. They had hand-me-downs.
Mike: Yeah. Well, I had a good run that week.
Sonny: Yeah, I remember when you used to have good runs because if you were on a winning streak, you used to come home and you used to give me something or mom.
Mike: Yeah, I remember your mother sat on the stoop and she'd watch us. Right? It made her happy seeing us together.
Sonny: Adela loved you. You loved her.
Mike: Very much.
Sonny: You were generous with the people you love.
Mike: I'm a gambler, Sonny. And when you win, you're the greatest guy in the world, and when you lose, you can turn into a monster. And it took your mother a long time, but she finally realized she had to let go.
Sonny: (Walks and turns away) You chose gambling over her.
Mike: (Walks towards Sonny, speaks gently). It's my sickness. It's lonely sometimes, but I've learned to live with it and I can manage it. But look who's the generous one now?
Sonny: (Shyly) Well, I'm just feeling a little sentimental.
Mike: Yeah . . . look, it's that kind of day, my grandson, your nephew's christening.
Sonny: Oh, I can't make that. Carly's still upset that I had Jason arrested and I think the best thing I can do for my nephew is just stay away. But you know what? I'm happy for you. I'm very happy. (Sonny gives Mike a hug and pats his back. Mike is stunned and isn’t sure how to react to the hug).
Mike: I'm sorry you won't be there, but thanks again for the glove. It really means a lot, Sonny.
Sonny: Why don't you take Michael and Morgan to the park, play catch? And then you can show all the other, you know, grandaddies that they're wimps.
Mike: (Smiles) And when he's old enough, I'll take John, too.