A picture, not any home run, is what Mike Carp will remember about this road trip

Rob Bradford
June 16, 2013 - 10:07 am

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. '€œIt 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. '€œI 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. '€œMike Carp has been outstanding. There's no other way to put it,'€ said Red Sox manager John Farrell prior to Sunday'€™s game. '€œDid 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. '€œI 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? '€œWe talked this morning,'€ he said. '€œHopefully [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.'€