Chris Duncan has arrived. He’s in the PawSox starting lineup tonight batting cleanup.
He’ll wear the #32, but if you come out to McCoy Stadium you won’t need a uniform number to pick him out. He’s huge – 6’5, 230 – and ready to show what he can do in the Red Sox organization after being obtained for Julio Lugo.
“I’m excited,” Chris told me. “I’m looking forward to getting out there tonight and playing and it should be good to get a fresh start. It’s been a rough year for me and hopefully I can come over here and start fresh and do a lot better.”
Duncan was batting .227 with 5 HR and 32 RBI with St. Louis this year after having surgery last August to repair a herniated disc in his neck. He belted 22 HR as a rookie for the Cardinals in 2006, and ripped 21 HR in 2007.
The trade will allow Chris to compete against his older brother Shelly, who is having an MVP-type season with Scranton Wilkes-Barre. The PawSox face the Yankees 8 more times beginning on August 1st.
“He’s excited,” Chris said. “We’re playing them soon and we’re both looking forward to playing against each other. We haven’t been on opposing teams since the Florida State League in 2003.”
There are a couple of things Duncan will miss about playing in St. Louis – most notably being around his dad Dave (the Cardinals pitching coach) on a regular basis.
He’ll also miss watching “The Machine” Albert Pujols every day. So what will Chris tell his kids and grandkids some day about playing with Pujols?
“I think I’ll say that I had a chance to play with the greatest hitter who ever played,” Chris told me. “Being on the same team as him and playing with him day in and day out, you realize that you’re playing with someone really special. He’s up there with some of the elite players to ever play the game.”
Let’s hope Chris gets off to a great start with the PawSox tonight. I hope you’ll join us for the radio call beginning with the pre-game show at 6:50 on the PawSox radio network and PawSox.com.
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