Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Chris Carpenter focused on Game 1

I had a really nice talk with Chris Carpenter's dad, Bob, and his high school coach, Eddie Poisson, while working on this feature story. It's amazing how much focus young Carp showed at an early age:

“Let me tell you a story,” said Bob Carpenter, who coach Chris through Little League and into Babe Ruth. “He got invited to a Brockton (Mass.) invitational as a senior and pitched against juniors and seniors in college. There were people and scouts everywhere. After the game, I said, ‘Can you believe how many people were watching you?

“He said, ‘I never saw them. All I saw was the glove. I didn't even know who was hitting.' That's when it donned on me, when I realized how he goes about pitching.”

You know how the Brewers have tried agitating Carp? They failed. Zack Greinke said “a lot of guys on our team don't like Carpenter.” Last month, Nyjer Morgan tossed a wad of chewing tobacco in Carpenter's direction, inciting a bench-clearing incident.

“(The Brewers) tried to chirp and chirp and get to him, but he's too focused to get the out. None of that other stuff matters,” the father said.

In 2003, an assortment of elbow and shoulder injuries nearly ended Carpenter's career. Released by the Blue Jays, he signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals and spent the entire season on a comeback mission.

“It goes back to his determination and drive,” Poisson said, in the New Hampshire Union Leader. “After the Blue Jays let him go, he sat down with his wife and cried and said, ‘What's the next step?' Next thing you know, the Cardinals gave him one more shot.”


Play the Game - indoor baseball/softball said...

I actually can't believe how old he is. I doubled off his brother in the sunset league.

Anonymous said...

It was actually ruled a single, taking second base on the throw.

Dillnb25 said...

I know his brother, i knoe his brothers family to because they lived in my town and they are a really chill family

jbuddah824 said...

Doing New Hampshire proud! Give em hell, C Carp! Great to see a local guy on the big stage!

Kenmonarchs800 said...

Would you believe I never saw Chris Carpenter pitch one inning for the Trinity High Pioneers? Unfortunately, it's true...however, I saw and broadcast many of his hockey games as a Pionners under head coach "Doc" Hurley. Chris was a stellar defenseman who had an incredible, blistering shot from the point. I regret that I never saw him pitch in high school but it was a true privilege to watch him perform on the ice.

Kevin Gray said...

Nice, Ken. I never saw him play hockey!

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