If you are a Mission, you are on a mission.
The San Antonio Missions are the double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. If you play for San Antonio, your goal is to get to San Diego.
Unless, that is, you get swallowed up in an obscure rule. You hear all about playing for the name on the front of the jersey, but you can’t.
You are a prisoner of a rule that was born seven years before you were and that would die five months too late to help you. You are Trea Turner, serving two months in baseball purgatory before your liberation.
The Washington Nationals decided they would trade for you and wait for you, and seldom has any team made a wiser...