SATURDAY AT THE PARK
Mark Kotsay was in the house Saturday, leading off as DH for the PawSox. The 11 year Big League veteran is rehabbing from back surgery in January. Kotsay was very accessible and friendly, taping a pre-game interview with me. The conversation was easy and enjoyable. Look for Kotsay at tonight’s Celtics/Bulls game 7 at TD Banknorth Garden. The native of Whittier California likes being in the spotlight in Boston, but admitted to being a Lakers fan.
One of the perks of coming to McCoy is getting the chance to see Major League Stars in action. If Mark Kotsay isn’t enough for you- don’t fret. Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to pitch in Pawtucket on Tuesday and Rhode Island native Rocco Baldelli could be in the lineup as soon as Monday. The graduate of Bishop Hendricken hasn’t played at McCoy since leading the Hawks to a state high school title.
It was good no great to see the offense come alive on Saturday, even if only for one inning. Pawtucket scored 7 unearned runs after scoring just 3 runs in their previous 46 innings. Carlos Maldonando belted an epic, 3 run homer, way outta here “Maldo” has been exceptional in limited action. The veteran backstop has 2 game-winning hits already and 2 homeruns and 7 rbi in his first 20 at bats.
I am really looking forward to Sunday at McCoy. It is the first annual “Star Wars Day”. Fans will be encouraged to dress as their favorite character from the science fiction classic. A couple of Star Wars look-alikes…hitting instructor Russ Morman and Chewbacca, Manager Ron Johnson is a dead-ringer for Jabba the Hutt. My favorite character has to be Princess Leia….Mmmmm I’m suddenly in the mood for a cinnamon bun
With all the attention being paid to Daniel Bard (and rightfully so) Fernando Cabrera is flying under the radar. The tall righty tossed another pair of shutout innings Saturday. In his last 9 outings he has thrown 14 innings, no earned runs and 12 strikeouts.