Covering the bases
LEADING OFF: The Curve were to hand out Starling Marte oven mitts to fans during a promotion Sunday, but a shipping issue has delayed the arrival of the items. So now, the Curve will give away Marte pot holders to the first 1,500 fans Sunday. The pot holders also will serve as an IOU that will entitle fans to receive a Marte oven mitt when they arrive.
SAFE AT FIRST: A long, lost, forgotten name in Curve history, 1B Jamie Romak, has resurfaced in a big way. The 28-year-old veteran minor leaguer was called up to the Dodgers and made his MLB debut as a pinch hitter Wednesday night. He was hitting .272 with 13 homers and 30 RBIs at Triple-A Albuquerque.
STEALING SECOND: Romak is the 114th former Curve player to reach the majors, and one of the most unlikely ones. He hit just .213 in 33 games for Altoona at the end of the 2008 season and only .175 in 64 games to start 2009. He did have 12 homers and 47 RBIs in those 97 games, but the rest of his offensive numbers were very poor. He persevered, though, kept bouncing around the minors the past few years and has been a steady producer in Triple-A the past couple seasons.
ROUNDING THIRD: Another name from the past will return to Altoona tonight as C Hector Gimenez will be in town with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Gimenez was the MVP of the Curve's 2010 Eastern League championship team, a great testament to the fine year he had given that so many players on that team have gone on to the major leagues. Gimenez hit .305 with 16 homers and 72 RBIs in only 94 games for Altoona in 2010 and won the home run derby at the EL All-Star Game.
HEADING HOME: Gimenez had been in Triple-A all season but batted only .109, and he was sent down to the Fisher Cats earlier this week.
- Cory Giger