Steve Ruiz recalls it clearly, shopping in a sporting goods store with his son, Jett, and another 13-year-old who played on Jett's baseball team.
Jett rushed down the aisles, handling the bats and gloves. But his friend hung back.
Ruiz approached the youngster.
"Get whatever you need, Adam," Ruiz said.
Adam Jones' eyes grew wide. His choices that day were practical ones — a jockstrap and cup.
Clutching his purchases, Jones turned to his benefactor.
"I'm gonna pay you back, Mr. Ruiz," he said. "I'm gonna be in the major leagues someday."
Thirteen years later, Steve Ruiz can still...