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Futures at Fenway - Players initial reactions

Posted by Craig Forde  August 18, 2012 01:34 PM

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FenwayFutures.jpgThe Lowell Spinners have hit the field to kick off the Futures at Fenway festivities as they take on the Hudson Valley Renegades. Prior to the game I got some reaction from some of the players about having the chance to come and play at historic Fenway Park

Son of former Red Sox catcher Rich, former UMass Minuteman and native of Framingham, Matt Gedman – “In college I played in the field maybe 3 or 4 times during the Beanpot. Every time you come back here it’s a really special experience. You definitely appreciate everything [his father] did and everyone who has played here and the whole history of the ball park. It’s pretty cool.
“Some of the guys have been here before, but a couple of guys whose first time experience is now, you see their eyes bulging out a little bit and looking around. Hopefully we’ll have some fun today.
“I haven’t been inside the Monster, but I’ve been on top of it before. The ball park is so cool, it has so many dimensions to it. Just to be here is pretty neat.”

Spinners' first baseman David Chester, by way of Collinsville, Oklahoma and the University of Pittsburgh – “It’s awesome! It’s the first time for me at Fenway and a lot of the other guys too. It’s a neat experience walking out on the field and all that and I just can’t wait for the game now. I come in here and see all the seats in the stands and stuff and it realty gets you going.
“I walked in from the first base side and I just sat there for a second and looked around. You see the Green Monster, you see everything like the seats and Pesky Pole, everything. Then we got to walk out and see where people signed the pole. You always hear about it, but getting a chance to see it was cool.”

Starting left fielder for Lowell Dreily Guerrero from Higuey in the Dominican Republic – “You know what, it’s the first time we’re going to play her. To think about the other Dominican players around the big leagues who have played here, it’s so interesting and I’m so excited to play here.”

Tiverton, Rhode Island native and Spinners DH Zach Kapstein – “It’s definitely something special that everyone looks forward to, especially as a ballplayer. The actual Red Sox organization, that’s your goal. Every day you’re actually working to get to this spot. It makes you feel like you’re not working for nothing. When they give you the chance to come here and play, you’re always try to take advantage of every day, but this day is going to be really special. It refreshes my memory of my ultimate goal of getting up here full time.
“Growing up in Rhode Island, I’ve been lucky enough to come to this ball park and go out on the field [in the past]. I appreciate every day I come up here. It’s not something that I get accustomed to or take for granted. I really enjoy coming up here; the history, the background, the organization and the people working in it, the players, the whole scene.”

Hudson Valley RHP Jeff Ames – “I’ve been wanting to play here my whole life. It’s a pretty surreal experience. I’m really excited. My first thoughts [when I walked out] was thinking about what this place must be like when it’s filled up.”

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