"Dad let me stay up to watch the whole game, and when they lost, he just looked at me and said, "You have your Jamie Quirk Game, sweetie. You're one of us now.'
"What does that even mean?"
The Jamie Quirk Game references the September 27, 1984, contest where Quirk, in his only plate appearance with Cleveland that season, hit a game-winning, 3-run homer to eliminate the Minnesota Twins from the pennant race.
"My dad just got this distant look in his eyes," sniffled Clowney, an honors student at Woodbury Middle School. "He turned the TV off, said the eff-word about a man named Ron Davis, kissed me goodnight, and went to bed.
"When I got home from school, I told him and Mom that I was so tired and grouchy that I didn't even wanna watch the Angels game. He just hugged me and started crying, but he said they were happy tears."