It is noon the day after Evan Longoria is affirmed as the American League's Rookie of the Year, and he is seated at an outdoor table at Smooth's on Pine Ave., discussing plans with the restaurant's owner John Morris about the party he will be staging Friday evening in the establishment's rooftop enclave.
"We might have to hand out wristbands to make sure only the people you invited are there," says Morris, who expects more than 200 people to attend.
Evan Longoria nods.
A pert waitress, Paloma Soto-Castillo, that Longoria has known since their elementary school days in Downey - he wound up going to St. John Bosco High and she to Warren High - tells Longoria she's going to bring some of her girlfriends.
"Good," he replies with a smile.
Yeah, I'd trade lives.
UPDATE: 'Duk from Big League Stew knows how to use the Google, and found us a picture of and a backstory for Ms. Soto-Castillo. Yeah, I'd call that "pert."