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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of Mike Carp walking into Red Sox camp with a Mariners equipment bag slung over his shoulder and questions on his mind.
Carp had been designated for assignment by Seattle then traded to the Red Sox. He arrived with no guarantees beyond a chance to compete for a spot on the roster.
Back home in southern California, Carp had left behind his wife, Didi, and newborn daughter, Cali.
“Strange time,” Carp said Sunday. “They gave me a locker near the pitchers and nobody knew who I was. My mind was all over the place.”
A year later, Carp is a valuable member of the defending World Series champions, Cali is crawling around, and his family loves Boston.