Futures League All-Stars put on show for excited fans at Wahconah Park
PITTSFIELD -- Alex DiSanto couldn't stop smiling. After all, he hadn't been an All-Star since he was in Little League.
"I remember just being excited," said DiSanto.
DiSanto, a pitcher for the Torrington Titans from SUNY Old Westbury, was just one of 52 Futures League players and a large crowd that descended on Wahconah Park for the league's second All-Star Game.
"I'm probably a little more excited," DiSanto said of his invitation here, "because it's been so long since I've been invited to something like this."
The All-Star players brought parents and friends along, and some of their teammates also made the trek to Wahconah Park to partake in the All-Star festivities. Scouts from some 20 major league teams and the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau were in attendance.
"I brag about Pittsfield and the Berkshires all the time," Pittsfield mayor Daniel L. Bianchi said before the game. "It's real nice and exciting to be able to introduce people to such a very special place."
As one might expect, the loudest ovations from the hefty crowd came for the five Pittsfield Suns players who were named and voted to the All-Star Team. Suns infielder Frank Crinella was one of the final players named to the team, earning his spot via Commissioner Chris Hall's choice following Internet voting.
The five Suns All-Stars: catcher Steve Dill, outfielder Kyle Singleton, pitchers Aaron Plunkett and Adam Whitt and Crinella, were all smiles while they showed their wares for scouts from teams like the Red Sox, Yankees, Mets and Diamondbacks.
"I'm really looking forward to the game," said Dill, who was in the Massachusetts starting lineup with Crinella and Singleton. "I'm excited to be in our home park and representing Pittsfield."
Suns owner Jeff Goldklang said it was a chance for not only the city, but for his team to put a best foot forward for the rest of the league to see.
"For our franchise, the fact that our peers in our second year in the league deemed us worthy of an All-Star Game is an honor and it's humbling," Goldklang said. "For Pittsfield, they have an opportunity to see the best players and the best athletes in this league. I think as a city it's pretty special to be able to do that."
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