Mike Drucker, a private investigator, is fatally shot. Initially, the detectives believe the victim was killed over a client's contentious divorce case. This line of inquiry leads Green and Briscoe to learn Drucker was hired to look into suspicions that a youth baseball team's star player is too old to play in the league. The team's owner Frank Leahy insists everything is above board and the boy, Ramiro Benitez, has provided proof that he is 12 years old. But a little investigation reveals that \"Ramiro\" is actually Miguel Soto and is 14. The real Ramiro is Miguel's cousin and they switched identities so Miguel could play. Their family came over from Honduras and is very poor, so they were easily convinced to go along with the fraud.
Miguel's father confesses that he threatened Drucker, and each had a gun, so they fought; Drucker accidentally discharged his own gun and was killed. The evidence supports this. Now the DA's office wants to prosecute Leahy, who stood to make a huge amount of money if he could find a player talented enough to be scouted. In court, McCoy convinces the jury that Leahy exploited Miguel and his family, then used Miguel's father to do the dirty work of getting rid of Drucker. Leahy is convicted. Later, the family returns to Honduras despite receiving immunity for the immigration fraud they committed; Southerlyn is sad at the loss of Miguel's chance to achieve his dream. McCoy says Miguel will come back to the US to play in the professional leagues, either when he's 18, or whenever he can get his hands on an 18-year-old's ID.
This episode contains examples of: The Ace: Miguel is talented enough for professional baseball and also reportedly very smart. The suddenly poorer school records in his name (because Ramiro is posing as Miguel, thus placed two years ahead of where he should be in school) help to confirm Southerlyn's suspicions. Double-Meaning Title Game-Breaking Injury: One of these happened to Leahy's previous star player. Ripped from the Headlines: Based on Danny Almonte, who similarly used forged documentation to play in Little League baseball when he was too old. That Man Is Dead: While this exact phrase isn't used, the trope is referenced when McCoy asks during cross-examination whether Miguel understood that he was expected to keep pretending to be Ramiro for the rest of his life. Miguel says he didn't mind having to become someone else forever if it would get his family out of poverty. Younger Than They Look: Everyone was supposed to believe this about \"Ramiro.\" It's still true ... but only because Miguel looks older than his actual age of 14. 59ce067264