Cleveland’s newest acquisition on display at MLB’s Futures game, and all over the web.
There is a video on the Indians team site that you should watch if you are an Indians fan. MLB sent a camera crew to follow Matt LaPorta and capture his experience at the Futures game in New York. If you aren’t familiar with the game don’t feel too bad, it’s only been around for 10 years now.
The game is supposed to showcase the brightest talent in the minors, and all the teams (Major League teams that is) are supposed to be represented. Former participants include Grady Sizemore, Victor Martinez, Michael Aubrey, Josh Barfield, Fausto Carmona, Ryan Garko, Andy Marte, Adam Miller and CC Sabathia. (Irony, no?) You can now add the names of Matt LaPorta, Wes Hodges and Hector Rondon to the list of Indians that have played in the game. (Rondon is a pitcher at single A Kinston.)
LaPorta and Hodges (pictured above) accounted for 2 of the USA’s 3 hits. Not a bad showing. Rondon pitched a perfect inning for the World team. LaPorta started and finished the game at first base, despite being listed as an outfielder.
As you can tell from the video, Hodges and LaPorta have been friends for some time. That certainly must help LaPorta feel more comfortable during this transitional time. Hodges likes to poke fun at Matt whenever he is given the opportunity-
“That guy is the mayor of Akron,” third baseman Wes Hodges joked. “When the rest of us strike out, we get booed. When he strikes out, he gets golf claps.”
“Wes was joking with me about that the other day,” LaPorta said. “He said, ‘You’re the same dude you were a week ago. Nothing’s changed, except you got traded. Now, everybody knows who you are.'”
That article is well worth the read (Anthony Castrovince.) ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick also wrote a piece on Cleveland’s Akron’s newest slugger. I’d recommend going to an Aero’s game soon if you are in the area. I would be surprised if Hodges and LaPorta were there much longer.