Garin Cecchini on first major league call-up: 'I'm just trying to live this day'

June 01, 2014 - 9:53 am
Garin Cecchini got to Fenway Park at 7 in the morning on Sunday, but he was ready to go even earlier than that. Cecchini heard Saturday evening from Red Sox director of player development Ben Crockett that he was being called up to the majors, and the third baseman could not get on a plane fast enough to make the trip from Norfolk, Va., where the Pawtucket Red Sox are visiting, to Boston. "Ben Crockett called me and he kind of tricked me and was like, 'Did you see the game?' and I was like, 'Yeah, I saw the game, man. You guys really did well,' " Cecchini said. "Then he said, 'Yeah, well meet us at the clubhouse tomorrow at 8 o'clock,' and I was like, 'I'll be there at 4.' " "I think he slept here overnight," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He was here at 7 in the morning already dressed, so he's ready to go. He's really a breath of fresh air." After being drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball amateur draft, Cecchini signed with the Red Sox for a $1.310 million signing bonus and subsequently donated $20,000 to the Jimmy Fund. Farrell says that Cecchini, who is hitting .278/.354/.335 with seven doubles,one home run and 21 RBIs at Pawtucket this season, brings energy and youth to a team. "Defensively, it's still a work in progress," Farrell said. "His at-bats have been consistent, controlling the count and controlling the strike zone. He's a great kid, as we saw in spring training. Loves the game, loves everything about it and will always bring some added energy and life when he's here." After hearing the news, Cecchini had a hard time going to sleep. "[It was] very hard [going to sleep]," Cecchini said. "I haven't gotten much sleep in the past couple of days so it's good." One thing that Cecchini did that left a lasting impact on Farrell during spring training was the 23-year-old's propensity to talk, not unlike second baseman Dustin Pedroia. "He talked all the time," Farrell said. "We know what his background is. He's comfortable in the dugout. It doesn't matter who he is talking with. There is some similarities to Pedey in the way that he interacts with people. Like he said, he's a breath of fresh air." Cecchini, who played for his parents, Glenn and Raissa, at Barbe High School in Lake Charles, La., grew up around the baseball field. His brother Gavin was a first-round draft pick of the Mets in 2012. The brothers played together in high school during Gavin's junior year. Cecchini's parents were in Georgia watching Gavin play for the Savannah Sand Gnats, the Mets' Single-A affiliate, when they heard the news and flew into Boston early Sunday morning. While his first stay in the big leagues may be a short one, Cecchini is ready to make the most of the opportunity. "No idea [how long I will be here]," Cecchini said. "It's cliche, but I'm just trying to live this day, man."