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Pitcher Chris Capuano signs with New York Mets

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Just a short observation today, folks . . . a few days ago, left-handed pitcher Chris Capuano signed a one-year contract with the New York Mets for what’s been reported as $1.3 million dollars.  He’s expected to be given a chance to make the starting rotation, which is the main reason Capuano didn’t re-sign with the Milwaukee Brewers.

I’ve written a few blogs about Capuano in the past; I admire him greatly.  He has an outstanding work ethic.  He is a very smart man, having a degree from Duke University and being his high school valedictorian before that, and he’s used his combination of intelligence, athleticism and toughness to come back from not one, but two “Tommy John” ligament replacement surgeries.

It’ll be difficult to see Capuano in a different uniform, but I understand his position.   He’s best off as a starter; that’s what he’s good at.  And the Brewers would not even give him the opportunity to make the team as a starter — I guess they feel Chris Narveson (also a left-hander) was a better bet, though I’d highly disagree — which would upset me if I were Capuano, too.

I plan on continuing to follow along with Capuano’s career; as I have said here many times, he is a study in perseverance.  In faith in yourself, in your own abilities, even when life itself seems against you.  And he has “the goods” to be an outstanding pitcher, still.  Even at age 32.  Even after two “Tommy Johns.”

Good luck, Chris Capuano.  I’ll be rooting for you.

Written by Barb Caffrey

January 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm