Bangor Daily News – Infielder Yoan Moncada, the Red Sox top prospect, made his Double-A debut for Portland going 1-for-5 with an RBI single and a run scored Tuesday night … Moncada was also good for two diving defensive stops. Plus, he made a lunging grab on a liner that he turned for a double play.
But, don’t get used to it. he doesn’t plan to be here long.
“He said he never really heard of the state or the city,” said Portland’s athletic trainer Eric Velazquez, as he translated an interview for Moncada before the game. … “This is just another step towards getting to the big leagues, which is his goal.”
I appreciate Yoan Moncada’s Nook LaLoosh attitude. That he’s a short-timer in Portland and before anybody knows what hit them, he’ll be in The Show, giving everybody the heat and announcing his presence with authority. As a matter of fact, I love it. You don’t make it out of Double-A with a little bit of useful arrogance.
But as a general rule, the best way to ingratiate yourself to your new (temporary) neighbors is to say you’ve never heard of their state before. The great state of Vacationland is home to some of the finest Americans, from Civil War Major General Joshua Chamberlain to Steven King to Dale Arnold. And to act like it’s just another forgettable U.S. state like Idaho, one of the Dakotas or, God forbid, Canada.
Those Maine-iacs are salt of the Earth, decent red-blooded Americans. And someday when Moncada is tearing it up in Fenway, he’s going to want them in his corner. So now might be the perfect time for a sincere, heartfelt apology through a bi-lingual interpreter. He better do it now, since he won’t be in Portland for long.