CAPE COD, Mass--For every college player, getting to play on a major league field is a special opportunity. During the Cape Cod Baseball League’s annual Workout Day at Fenway Park, players from each team were able to take batting practice on the field and meet scouts from major league teams.
Rising junior Luke Maile (Kentucky), making his second visit to Fenway, is a catcher for the Cotuit Kettleers this season. Maile, who made his first appearance at Fenway Park as a 2009 draftee for the Red Sox, played in the Fenway Summer Classic after graduating from high school.
“It was very different this time”, Maile noted. ”The weather was much nicer. But really, it was a very different dynamic. The first time, it was an opportunity to be a part of the Red Sox, and now it’s just a visit. But it’s always special.”
Growing up in the Midwest, Maile never thought about playing at Fenway Park, or anywhere in the east. He never even thought about playing for an American League team until he was drafted by the Red Sox out of high school. Maile hopes to be drafted again next summer after finishing his junior year with the Wildcats.
For players like Falmouth pitcher Andrew Aizenstadt (Babson), being at Fenway was particularly special. Aizenstadt grew up in Norwell, Massachusetts—Red Sox Nation territory. He was a temporary contract player for the Bourne Braves in 2009 before signing a contract this season with the Commodores. Though not a position player, and therefore not required to run or take batting practice, he wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to be at his hometown favorite team’s field.
“I’m not really going to get to do anything because I’m a pitcher, but it’s so special just to be here,” he said.” I’ve never been on this field so I really wanted to see what it was like.” For Aizenstadt, who grew up dreaming of playing for Boston, just being on the field was enough.