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In this installment, we check in with Collin McHugh, a pitcher for the Double-A Binghamton Mets. McHugh writes refreshingly about his experience on the mound at Fenway Park for the 6th annual Futures at Fenway game. Click on the link below for the full article, and check back with BaseballDigest.com for more insight in the future.
Fenway Park: Futures at Fenway Game
It’s not every day that you get to pitch a game at historic, Fenway Park. Actually, it’s never for most people. Until the other day, I was “most people”. I had never pitched in front of more than 9,000 people (Brooklyn opening day, 2009) in my life, and I assumed that pitching in a big league park was reserved for…well, big leaguers. Yet somehow, in the craziness of this season, I was given the opportunity to pitch the Futures at Fenway game.
Every year, two of the Boston Red Sox affiliates (usually AA Portland and AAA Pawtucket) play a game at Fenway Park as a treat for Red Sox nation to see their future Sox and for the players to get a taste of the Bigs. This year the B-Mets drew the game against Portland. Exciting! I realized that this game would be a good opportunity for Ashley to visit friends in Boston and to catch a game at Fenway, even if I wasn’t going to be pitching. You see, I made the assumption that in a starting rotation stacked with 2 former Big League pitchers and 3 other top prospects, I would be at the end of the queue for this rare opportunity. Plans were set in place anyway. Ashley would be in Boston for that weekend, and I would be at Fenway. Again, exciting!
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