Sunday, July 02, 2006

Kazmir an All-Star

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.

Kudos, Kazmir.

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