Ruben Esquilin Jr.: Living for
wanted to talk sports? Ruben Esquilin Jr. was your man.
He lived sports, he breathed sports, he ate sports for
That's right, he worked as a maintenance worker for
Fiduciary Trust. Once the workday ended, however, he was
off to play softball or basketball or football. He
belonged to so many different teams around the city that
his relatives could not keep them straight. Mr. Esquilin,
35, lived with his mother and one of his sisters and her
son in Lower Manhattan. His room was stuffed with sports
equipment and trophies certifying his abilities.
"I know the Angels was the last softball team he was
on," said his sister, Priscilla, "but don't ask me to
name any others. He was on so many, forget about it.
"He watched sports constantly," she went on. "If he
was playing a game, he'd call the house and ask me or my
mother to videotape a game that was on TV. Of course,
we'd do it. We spoiled him."
He was a big Michael Jordan fan. His sister said he
would have been ecstatic to hear that his beloved
basketball star was returning to the game.