Emmanuel Burriss is ecstatic. He is in awe. He is in mourning. Earlier this season, Burriss, a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High, became the first product of the Washington, D.C. public school system to play in the majors since 1972.
As he set foot in his hometown last Friday for the start of a four-game series against the Nationals, Burriss, a Giants' shortstop, had plenty on his mind: 'Will I start one game? How will I land enough tickets for my 100 friends and family to watch me play? When will I have time to honor my best friend?'
EB: In my high school field, I know it wasn't two hundred feet to right field, so whenever you hit a ball over there it would just be a ground-rule single. I played on one field where it was a legit Little League field, and we just moved the bases back into the outfield and played on that. We never really had any mounds, no dirt on the base paths, so it was pretty bad. But, you know, that doesn't mean it has to continue to be that way. Hopefully the city sees that it's possible to produce a major leaguer, you know. We can start rebuilding the game in the inner-city.