An article about Carlos Correa has been making the round on twitter and in the comment sections of various TCB articles and gamethreads, but I am going to go ahead and link it here for those who haven't already seen it. After reading that, your fandom of Correa probably just got turned to 11.
Correa comes here to the Denny's every morning and orders the same thing: an egg-white vegetable omelet, side of fruit, side of seven-grain French toast. His orange juice arrives at the table before he has to ask.
"Generous tipper, great guy," the manager, a man by the name of Saint Martinez, said after Correa leaves the restaurant. "And you know what? He leaves me tickets to every home game for me and my kids. Every home game, if I go to will call, I have tickets. I'm a single parent, I raise my kids, and they love baseball and they became fans of him."
If that's not enough to make you think Correa is the coolest kid ever. Check out this unplanned speech he gave after members of the Quad Cities River Bandits received their championship rings in Spring Training:
"I want to talk to the players. When I went back to Puerto Rico in the offseason, everywhere I went, everywhere I go, I talk about this team. I talk about this team because the chemistry, the atmosphere in the clubhouse was incredible. ... You guys were my family. ... And when we got to the playoffs ... I got to the ballpark and looked at you guys, and I was like, 'We're going to win this for sure.' And we did. We did because we wanted it. So what I want to bring with this is, that's how you create championship teams, from the bottom to the big league level. ... If you guys keep the same atmosphere and the same dedication to each other, picking up each other, that's how we're going to create our organization."
That's a kid that gets it. Remember all of those "intangibles" that scouts talk about? That's 80 grade in my book. Captain Correa will lead us to victory!
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Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA) - Asher Wednesday turned into Asher "Winsday." Asher Wojciechowski made his first 2014 start since straining his lat that occured all the way back on Febraury 1. It went well. He threw 66 pitches in 4 innings with 41 of those going for strikes. The return of Asher adds even more depth to the ridiculous amount of pitching depth this farm boasts. He's on 40-man roster, so if Asher can prove his health and continue to pitch well, he could be a candidate to make an appearance in Houston this year if a starting pitcher is needed for any reason. Jonathan Meyer had 2 hits, including a double, pacing the Redhawk offense which had another good outing (7 hits, 7 BBs, 6 Ks). They provided six runs to help lead the way to victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (MIA).
Oklahoma City: 26-21, 1st in Pacific Coast League American Northern
- 1B Jon Singleton - 0/4, R, 1 BB, 2 K
- LF, Domingo Santana, 1/3, R, RBI, 2 BB, 1 K (over his last 136 plate appearances, Domingo has a 24.1% K rate and a BB rate of 11.3%)
- C Max Stassi - 0/4, K
- 3B Jonathan Meyer, 2/3, 2B, RBI
- SS Enrique Hernandez, 1/3, 2 R, 1 BB (just keeps improving that stock)
- 2B Ronald Torreyes - 0/3, RBI
- Asher Wojciechowski - 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 5 K, 66/41 Pit/Str, 0/5 GO/FO
- Paul Clemens - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K
- Chia-Jen Lo - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K
- Kevin Chapman - 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
- CF, Delino Deshields - 2/5, R, K
- 2B, Nolan Fontana - 1/4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K (Fontana has really turned it up lately, and his wRC+ is up to a whopping 144, but he is doing it on a fairly unsustainable .394 BABIP. Just keep that in mind if he struggles soon.)
- RF, Andrew Aplin - 0/5, 2 K
- 1B, Matt Duffy - 2/5, 2 R, K
- LF, Preston Tucker - 3/5, R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
- DH, MP Cokinos - 1/4, RBI, BB
- C, Rene Garcia - 2/5, R, HR, 2 RBI
- SS, Jiovanni Mier - 1/4, R
- 1B, Telvin Nash - 0/4, 4 K
- DH, Anthony Kemp - 1/4, R, BB, K
- CF, Teoscar Hernandez - 2/5, R, 3B, RBI, 2 K
- SS, Carlos Correa - 2/5, R, HR, 2 RBI, K
- 3B, Rio Ruiz - 0/3, 2 BB
- 1B, Bobby Borchering - 1/5, 2B, K
- RF, Dan Gulbransen - 1/3, R, 2B
- LF, Jordan Scott - 1/4, 2B, RBI, K
- 2B, Carlos Perdomo - 0/4
- SP, Kyle Westwood - 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
- RP, Gonzalo Sanudo - 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
- RP, Juan Minaya - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K, 1 HR
Ronnie Mitchell drills a HOME RUN to lead off the 3rd! The #RiverBandits are now on the board, the Bees lead 4-1— QC River Bandits (@QCRiverBandits) May 22, 2014
Brett Phillips ripped an RBI triple for the #RiverBandits in the 4th to make the score 4-2 in favor of Burlington— QC River Bandits (@QCRiverBandits) May 22, 2014
The #RiverBandits continue to chip away. Brett Phillips hits a sacrifice fly to make the score 4-3 Burlington in the 6th
— QC River Bandits (@QCRiverBandits) May 22, 2014
And Thomas Lindauer ties it at four! His RBI single scores Ronnie Mitchell in the 6th. #RiverBandits— QC River Bandits (@QCRiverBandits) May 22, 2014
Well... The lights have gone out at Modern Woodmen Park. We are currently in a delay and will keep you posted. #RiverBandits— QC River Bandits (@QCRiverBandits) May 22, 2014
Tonight's game has been suspended. It will finish at a later date in Burlington— QC River Bandits (@QCRiverBandits) May 22, 2014
- CF, James Ramsay - 1/3
- 1B, Conrad Gregor - 1/2, R, BB (please hit some
- C, Brian Holberton, 2/3, 2 R, 2B
- RF, Brett Phillips, 1/2, 3B, 2 RBI, K
- LF, Ronnie Mitchell, 1/2, R, HR, RBI
- SS, Thomas Lindauer, 2/3, RBI
- SP, Kevin Comer - 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 K, 4/6 GO/AO
- RP, Albert Minnis - 1.0 IP, 3/0 GO/AO