At first glance, Greg Bird might seem just as charismatic as Kevin Costner. By joining the Capitales de Québec, the former Yankees remains an actor in his own story.
In the film Bull Durham, Costner plays the character of Crash Davis, a minor league veteran who breathes new life into promising pitcher Nuke Laloosh. As for 30-year-old Bird, his stay at the Quebec club could be more of a chance to get his own career back on track.
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“Personally, I like pretty much all baseball movies, I like that little bit of magic that baseball has,” Bird said. In my case it was just a friend who asked me for help and here I am. I kept fit over the summer. So, we’ll see… These guys have been playing all summer. I don’t want to take anyone’s place either. I’ll go out there and give what I have.
Pitcher Evan Rutckyj is the one who got in touch with Bird, who met at Yankees rookie camp in 2011. Therefore, without playing the big head, Bird arrives with the Quebec team, ready to write a new chapter. If he can support David Glaude, Ruben Castro, Juremi Profar, Kyle Crowl, Justin Gideon, among others, as a supporting actor, he will be very happy.
On his first batting attempt in the Capitals jersey, Bird also scored a hit, a single on opposing court. He ended the game with a 1-3 record while Quebec suffered a 3-2 defeat. In the loss, Glaude hit two runs from a home run.
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