Mickey Wiswall Brings Star Power to Fenway
|07.25.09 at 12:15 pm ET|
Who says you can’t go home?
For Stoneham, Mass., native Mickey Wiswall, Thurday’s Cape Cod League All-Star game held at Fenway Park was a homecoming of sorts.
“I played in the Valley League in Virginia last summer and I didn’t get to have the family support there that I have here tonight,” Wiswall said of playing in front of family and friends on Thursday night. “Having the game at Fenway Park and to have all of my friends and family here has been great.”
Wiswall started at first base for the East Division All-Stars, a position that he just started playing this summer. The Belmont Hill alum made the Kevin Youkilis-like transition from his natural position at third base to the other corner infield spot.
Wiswall has been a force this summer for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, leading the team and Cape Cod League as a whole with 19 RBI. All-Star assistant coach Scott Pickler loves what he’s seen from Wiswall each and every night
“He comes in and plays hard every night,” Pickler said of Wiswall’s effort this summer. “He’s handled his role very, very well.”
In addition to spending his summer playing on the sun- (and, at least this summer, rain-) soaked diamonds of Cape Cod, Wiswall will return to The Heights as a junior member of Boston College’s baseball team. Wiswall was an offensive standout for the Eagles as a sophomore clubbing a team-high 14 home runs and 63 RBI all while hitting .320 for the team.
Boston College’s stock as a national collegiate baseball powerhouse has certainly risen in recent months after Eagles catcher Tony Sanchez was selected fourth overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Mike Belfiore went in the sandwich round. Wiswall attributes the seemingly new attention to coach Mike Aoki’s desire to keep local ballplayers in the area.
“When coach started recruiting my class he said he wanted to keep some of the better New England players in New England,” Wiswall said of the very New England feel that the team has. “Being a New England kid and helping them get to the regionals hopefully was a big step in that direction.”
Wiswall and his Eagle cohorts soared to a 34-26 record during the 2009 season. The Eagles also grabbed headlines by playing in a 25-inning thriller against Texas during College World Series Regional play.
New England kids with a feverish passion for baseball like Wiswall consider 4 Yawkey Way their baseball cathedral. Growing up and playing baseball in the heart of Red Sox Nation, Wiswall’s experiences at Fenway Park have ranged from his own playing to seeing his beloved Red Sox come back from historic playoff deficits.
Wiswall was a spectator in the Fenway Park stands on October 19, 2004. That night speedster Dave Roberts and David Ortiz helped turn the tide of Red Sox Nation’s hopes for a championship.
“I was at Fenway Park until 3:00 in the morning,” Wiswall said as he recounted his favorite Fenway Park memory. “I was at the age where I could really appreciate the game and see how dedicated the fans are to it.”
Wiswall has memories playing and spectating in America’s most beloved ballpark. The Boston College junior left on Thursday night with new ones of him playing on the All-Star stage.
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