A picture, not any home run, is what Mike Carp will remember about this road trip
|06.16.13 at 2:07 pm ET|
BALTIMORE – Mike Carp has had quite a road trip.
The first baseman/outfielder kept his season-long momentum going heading into the Red Sox series finale against the Orioles at Camden Yards, going 6-for-18 (.333) with two homers during the Sox’ last two series away from Fenway Park.
But the success – even Saturday’s two-run homer – isn’t what Carp will remember most when reflecting on this road swing. What will define this trip is a picture he received from his wife.
The photo (seen right) is of Carp’s 10 month-old daughter, Cali, walking up to the television and identifying her father, whose image had popped up via the Red Sox broadcast.
“It was a crazy and surreal experience to know she’s so little and young, to look up and look at me on TV and say, ‘It’s Dad!’ That means the world to me,” Carp said. “I can’t wait to get home and hold her today.”
Things continue to be going well for Carp, who has seemingly found himself a home with the Red Sox. In 41 games this season, he is hitting .320 with eight homers and a slugging percentage of 1.051.
For the Red Sox – who only gave up cash to acquire Carp – their long-time identification of the player as many had undervalued is being justified.
“Mike Carp has been outstanding. There’s no other way to put it,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell prior to Sunday’s game. “Did we expect to get this type of production when we acquired him? Well, we thought there was a good hitter there. The opportunity has allowed him to produce as he has. It’s been a very good situation for him and us.”
Carp, who got the start at first base for a third straight game in the place of Mike Napoli (illness), identified consistency and confidence as the two driving forces behind having the kind of success he couldn’t bottle in Seattle.
“I know my role here, versus sometimes I didn’t know my role or where I fit in. I know what they’re going to ask me and I come to prepare myself ready to go. That’s the biggest thing. They have a lot of confidence in me.”
And as for how his first Father’s Day as a father went?
“We talked this morning,” he said. “Hopefully [Cali] stays up tonight until I get home so I can hold her, because that’s all I’ve been wanting to do for the last week.”
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