Baseball is here.
The Mets swept the Yankees this past week.
While speaking with a friend recently, I was reminded of a current major league baseball player from around the way. (OK, so he’s not from ninth avenue but he grew up on 11th street and 8th avenue. Close enough, right?) Charlie Cummings was probably the one guy from the neighborhood who came close to playing in the major leagues. I do know he was in the New York Mets farm system and made it to Tidewater.
Adam Ottavino, a pitcher for the Colorado Rockies is 27 years old and attended Berkley-Carroll School.
Click here to read a story from the The Daily News from back in 2010.
“I’ve played in Marine Park, the Parade Grounds, over in Bensonhurst – literally every field,” he said. “Now I get tons of text messages from people saying, ‘Way to represent Brooklyn.'”
Adam played in the Parade Grounds like many others in the past. The Parade Grounds have had a lot of good ballplayers through the years. I recall playing down there as a member of Holy Name’s baseball team. What I recall most was that we always walked down to the games.