November 2010

A great story about one player’s 14-year quest

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Catcher J.C. Boscan (2) of the Mississippi Braves, Class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in a game on April 13, 2008, against the Mobile BayBears at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. Photo by:  Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
There’s a terrific piece about long-time Atlanta Braves farmhand J.C. Boscan posted today to the Minor League Baseball site.
After 14 years in the minors, J.C. finally got the callup to the majors in September and was put into a game late in the season. Ashley Marshall interviewed J.C., managers and Braves officials for the story.
I couldn’t have been happier when I heard about J.C. making the roster, and I have to say I was a little emotional reading Marshall’s story.
I’ve met a lot of ballplayers over the years, but it’s usually a hit-and-run conversation, never to be repeated. But I met J.C. several years ago when he was playing for the Greenville Braves, and he always makes a point of saying hello whenever we happen to be on the same field.
Where does he go from here? Well, nobody knows. But now at least he has his cup of coffee. All the best, J.C.