2011 Year in Review. May 2. Scribner an inspiration for all local athletes
Two nights ago, I was taking a look through the available relief pitchers in my fantasy baseball league, already looking to replace the disappointing Rafael Soriano of the Yankees.
As I went down the list, one name hit me: Evan Scribner. Not to sign just yet for my team, but because it always an exciting time to see a local player, particularly one you’ve covered, make it to the big show.
Scribner, in his first week with the San Diego Padres, made two relief appearances, tossing two scoreless innings in his Major League debut April 26 against the Braves and allowing one run a day later, also against Atlanta.
In his second game, he struck out the side despite giving up that run in his one inning of work.
The Padres play host to the Pirates and Diamondbacks this week. They will make their first local appearance of the season June 20 at Fenway Park against the Red Sox.
As for Scribner, of Shepaug and Torrington Legion fame, he is the latest local athlete to serve as an inspiration for the young athletes in this area.
Growing up, I always checked the box scores to see how Rico Brogna (Watertown) and Brad Ausmus (Cheshire) were doing. If they can make the Major Leagues from the same area I was from, it made me think, ‘Why can’t I?’ Well, I could’ve if it wasn’t for that whole “lack of talent” thing.
But you get the point.
Around these parts, the Berkshire League is sometimes overshadowed by the Naugatuck Valley League, but Scribner proved that his time at Shepaug was no fluke and that he wasn’t a product of a lower league.
It wouldn’t surprise me if several local players saw this news and pushed even harder last week. One extra hour working out, one extra mile to run or even one extra batting practice session.
All they have to do is look at Scribner and realize their dream may have a chance of becoming a reality.