This is Derek Jeter‘s final season, his curtain call if you will. As such, I’m holding auditions for a new favorite baseball player.
My new favorite player obviously has some big shoes to fill, and he definitely has to be dedicated to his team.
After the final game at the old Yankee Stadium, Jeter took a piece of memorabilia with him, a sign that hung in the clubhouse with a quote from the great Joe DiMaggio. And when Jeter announced this would be his final season, he didn’t mention wanting to be remembered for individual accomplishments; he wanted to be remembered for the pinstripes:
The thing that means the most to me is being remembered as a Yankee because that’s what I’ve always wanted to be was to be a Yankee … They gave me an opportunity to pretty much live my dream my entire life.
I appreciate that kind of loyalty, and it seems as if Cody Asche does, too.
The Phillies’ new third baseman was their fourth-round pick in the 2011 draft, then quickly moved up to Double-A Clearwater and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He played 50 big-league games last season, and made his Major League Opening Day debut with the Phillies, batting eighth against the Texas Rangers, Monday.
In his first at-bat, Asche drove in the first run of the game with a double to left, then came home on a Jimmy Rollins grand slam. In the 8th, Asche homered to right, sealing the Phillies’ 14-10 victory over the Rangers.
The next day, Asche joined Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette on MLB Network Radio’s Power Alley, and talked about the high-scoring game and his dedication to the team:
I take a lot of pride in that, in being a homegrown guy. Simply because they’ve invested so much in me that I feel like I owe it to them to give my best … I take a lot of pride in the fact they saw something in me from college, they gave me my chance, and now I sort of get to repay them by working hard and doing the best I can every single day.
If that’s not enough to put him in the running, his commentary on Frozen is #adorable, and at least gets him an honorable mention.
Funny tweets won’t make a player Jeterian, but humor + the right attitude + promising Opening Day performance = a callback for Cody Asche.