|Corpas picks up a big win at the World Series - dad travels to U.S. for first time|
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|Friday, 26 October 2007 15:56|
Friday was different for the Colorado reliever.
After the Rockies' off-day workout before Game 3 of the World Series, Corpas was headed to the airport to pick up his father, Manuel.
``This is his first time in Denver, in the U.S., and of course a World Series,'' Corpas said. ``For me it's a special moment, very important. Most of the season, I'm alone. It's really something having him at my side in a stage like this.''
Manny Corpas, born in Panama, was drafted by the Rockies as a 16-year-old in 1999 and made his major league debut on July 18, 2006. His father hasn't seen him pitch in the majors except on TV.
Benny Quintero, Corpas' agent, said Manuel Corpas had tried three times before to travel from Panama to the United States to watch his son play in the majors, but was rejected each time.
They enlisted the help of U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar of Colorado, who helped Manuel Corpas obtain a tourist visa.
The closer's mother, Florencia, will watch the games from Panama.
``She gets very nervous with planes,'' Corpas said. ``But I'm working on trying to bring here soon, perhaps next year, so she can see me pitch in the majors.''
OLD FRIENDS: This World Series has been a reunion of sorts for Colorado second baseman Kaz Matsui and Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who were teammates with the Seibu Lions from 1999-2003.
``When he came to the Japanese B League, he was 18 years old. I remember his debut,'' Matsui said through a translator. ``I thought he was a monster.''
The 27-year-old Matsuzaka is five years younger than Matsui and remembers revering the slick-fielding infielder who was a seven-time All-Star in Japan.
``He was always somebody that I respected tremendously,'' Matsuzaka said through a translator. ``And he was someone who I always wanted to follow in his footsteps.''
Matsui came to the majors in 2004 but was a bust with the New York Mets, who traded him to Colorado last summer. He where he resurrected his career with a spectacular season that he has followed up with a sensational postseason.
Matsuzaka made his much anticipated U.S. debut this year and went 15-12 for the Red Sox.
``When we had dinner prior to the season, we just told each other that we should both do our best this year,'' Matsuzaka said.
ROLLING ROYCE: The Red Sox players have already started peppering Royce Clayton with questions about Coors Field.
All of a sudden, the backup infielder has become the resident expert on the park. Clayton spent the 2004 season playing for the Rockies.
``I've talked to guys about playing certain depths and dealing with the altitude, how to prepare for a game and hydration,'' said Clayton, who hit .279 in 146 games with Colorado. ``I tell them how the ballpark plays. But guys will get a feel for it when they get out there.''
Clayton spent most of 2007 with Toronto, but signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox on Aug. 23. He was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sept. 1 and remained with the team through the postseason run.
He said it felt weird walking into the visitor's clubhouse at Coors Field on Friday.
``I have good memories here,'' Clayton said. ``It's a great community and good people. From top to bottom, Colorado is a real class act.''