Scott Kazmir was picked to play in the major-league All-Star Game, marking the first former Montgomery Biscuit to play in the midsummer classic.
Kazmir was with the Biscuits for only four starts -- and one at Riverwalk Stadium -- but was impressive as a pitcher (obviously) and a person. He was promoted straight from Montgomery to Tampa Bay and I remember talking to him just before he left for the airport.
He admitted it had been a whirlwind few weeks. He had been traded from the New York Mets to the Devil Rays and had barely spent any time in Montgomery.
Because the Rays had a rule requiring formal attire on road trips, and because Kazmir had all of his suits at home in Houston, he had to be measured for a new suit before he left.
This year at spring training, he either remembered me, or did a mighty fine job acting like he did. Either way, he seemed sincere, was generous with his time and acted like someone you hope does well. He has.