Saturday was a good day for Stan Boroski.
Actually, any day's a good day when you put on a big league uniform.
But this one was special. Stan, bullpen coach for Tampa Bay's Rays, welcomed his parents (from Yorkville) to Cleveland's Progressive Field for Saturday night's Indians-Rays' game.
"It's always special visiting with mom and dad," said Boroski who enjoyed a pregame meal with the folks before heading over to the ball park.
A long way from Boroski's days as a high school diamond star at then-Buckeye South High. He also played four seasons for Maynard of the Ohio Valley Baseball League.
"Great memories," he laughed. "I remember the Jimmy Baughs, the Dave and Gene Cattane's, the Jimmy Cesario's - those were some really fun times."
Boroski was selected by Milwaukee in the 20th round of the 1981 draft as a catcher.
But after two years with the Brewers, Boroski was signed by the Royals and converted as a pitcher.
A pair of rotator cuff surgeries later, Boroski's big league aspirations were doused. He was destined to remain in the game, however, serving in a scouting capacity for the Astros. Later, Stan was named pitching coach for the Astros' 'A' affiliate. Overall, he was part of Houston's organization 18 seasons.
Beginning in 2009, Boroski joined the Rays' organization, first as assistant to the pitching coach. Midway through 2011, he began filling in for Tampa's bullpen coach Bobby Ramos who was battling an illness. The Rays named him full time bullpen coach during the offseason.
"It's a pretty good situation and one I feel fortunate to be in," Boroski related. "Even more important is working for a quality organization like the Rays."
Boroski confirmed he's on the receiving end of skipper Joe Maddon's phone calls to the pen. "It's my responsibility to monitor the guy we have warming up, then let (Joe) know he's ready."
As one of MLB's small market teams, Boroski insists a highly competent front office can overcome potential drawbacks.
"You just have to think things out a little differently (as a small market club)," he said. "We probably won't be spending big bucks on free agents. We've made a point to seek out under valued players and had some decent success in that area."
Boroski grew up a 'huge' Pirates and Steelers' fan and keeps daily tabs on both teams.
"It's been disappointing (the past 20 years) with the Pirates. I'd sure love to see them keep playing well the entire season." he said.
Boroski resides in St. Cloud, Fla. with wife Carol and their two children, 17-year-old Sarah and 9-year-old Clayton. "He's playing (several positions) at the little league level. It's a little early to determine his future," Stan reported.
Following today's series' finale in Cleveland, Boroski returns home for some quality all-star break time before the Rays open a weekend series Friday vs. Boston at Tropicana Field.
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