At the Futures Game
Greetings from Chase Field and the All-Star game experience in Phoenix. When I landed last night, it was 104 degrees. But what was really strange was that later in the evening, it actually rained.
(This post is coming literally at the very moment Francisco Cordero blew the save and the game at Milwaukee. Yeesh, that’s three-straight blown saves in a row. That was one rough road trip to end the first half with.)
I will be trying to blog and tweet from here and provide pictures if opportunity arrives. Today is the XM All-Star Futures Game with Minor Leaguers from the U.S. and World squads.
Three members of the Reds are here. Catcher Devin Mesoraco, 1B/OF Yonder Alonso and Triple-A Louisville manager Rick Sweet, who is a coach on the U.S. team. Look for a detailed story later today on Reds.com/MLB.com
“It’s kind of a taste of the big leagues a little bit,” Mesoraco said of the experience. “We’re staying at a nice hotel downtown. We have a nice locker room with a lot of media around. It’s a cool experience.”
The U.S. team was using the D-Backs home clubhouse while Alonso and the world team was housed on the visitor’s side. Alonso has mostly played left field in Louisville but is playing first base today. He was thrilled for his friend and shortstop Zack Cozart, who was called up earlier in the week.
“I was pumped,” Alonso said. “It’s good for him to get called up. I’m really happy for him. He’s done a good job. It’s even better when he’s doing so well. It shows what type of team we have at Triple-A. He set everything up – him and Sappelt – batting first and second. All the other guys would come up – like myself, Hermida and Mesoraco – and most of the time get them in.”
While I was talking with Sweet, I asked about the arrivals of shortstop Paul Janish and pitcher Edinson Volquez, who were both sent down this week.
“They both reported and both were in pretty good spirits,” Sweet said.
Janish is working on his hitting with coach Smokey Garrett and roving instructor Ronnie Ortegon.
“He actually called me as soon as he got to the airport in Milwaukee,” Sweet said of Janish. “He said ‘I’m sorry to say this but I will be seeing you shortly.’ We have a plan for him. He reported that next day and played well. His attitude has been great. He knows he got a chance, it didn’t work out and now he has to get ready for the next opportunity. He’s a good kid. He’s a professional. It is what it is. That means he just has to get back to work. His attitude is great.”
As for Volquez?
“Obviously, he would have preferred to be there,” Sweet said. “He felt this time he should have stayed there. But all that being said, he came back, got his work in and threw a side. He’s starting today.”