When Tommy Hottovy went home for the All-Star break, he figured that the timing was perfect.
(Action photos courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)
His wife Andrea was on the verge of having their first child, and three days at home would likely allow him to be there for the delivery.
“It was something that I was really getting nervous about as we got close to the All-Star break,” Hottovy said. “I was worried that I was going to be stuck at an airport somewhere when my son was born.”
That fear returned when Andrea didn’t have the baby on Monday… or Tuesday… or Wednesday.
“We were getting to the point where I was going to have to come back to Pawtucket after the All-Star break,” Hottovy said. “My flight was scheduled for Thursday morning, but my wife went into labor and we had to go to the hospital at 4:30 in the morning. So I didn’t make my flight and the baby arrived at 1:14 in the afternoon. Things always happen for a reason. And when you try to make plans, things never work out that way.”
He’s not kidding.
(Cameron Hottovy photos courtesy of Tommy Hottovy)
“My son Cameron was born on Thursday and I was supposed to fly back to Pawtucket on Saturday,” Hottovy said. “But I got a call late on Friday night from the Red Sox telling me that I might be designated for assignment. They wanted to let me know that if that happened, I could cancel my flight and stay home.”
That’s exactly what happened. When the Red Sox promoted LHP Randy Williams from Pawtucket on July 16th, they needed a spot on their 40-man roster and elected to designate Hottovy for assignment. So while he waited to find out if he would be claimed by another organization or clear waivers and return to the Red Sox, Tommy was home with Andrea and their newborn son.
“I got designated on Saturday, but the waiver process doesn’t start until Monday, so I got to spend an extra five days at home,” Hottovy said. “You can’t put a price tag on the time I got to spend with my wife and son. You don’t ever wish to be designated for assignment, but if there was a time and place for it to happen, it couldn’t have been much better.”
It’s been that kind of year for the 30-year-old lefty who made his major league debut on June 3rd and spent most of that month with Boston. Because of his success against left-handed batters this year – they are batting .132 (7-for-53) vs. Hottovy between the majors and minors – Tommy thought that he might get claimed by another team.
“I thought there might be an opportunity for me to be a left-handed specialist for somebody, but I’m excited to be back with the Red Sox,” Hottovy said. “I love it here and I’ve been here my whole career. Who’s to say that I can’t get called up again? I’ve been through the process now, I know what it takes, and I feel really good about what I am doing. Maybe when the end of the season rolls around, they’ll need another guy in the bullpen to help out.”
If so, Hottovy will head to Boston to take part in a pennant race.
If not, he’ll gladly go home.
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For the fourth time this year, the PawSox won the first three games of a series but were unable to complete the 4-game sweep as they lost at Buffalo on Monday 8-7. That loss, coupled with Lehigh Valley’s 4-1 win over Columbus, means that Pawtucket is two games behind the IronPigs in the IL North with 40 games to go.
The PawSox open a huge 4-game series at Lehigh Valley on Tuesday night at 7:05. I hope you’ll join us for radio coverage beginning with the pre-game show at 6:50 on the PawSox radio network and pawsox.com.
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