It’s a few 20-minute stroll from Parsons Subject, the Brookline residence of the Northeastern College baseball group, to Fenway Park.
It’s a stroll that Adam Ottavino is acquainted with.
The previous Northeastern standout will develop into simply the second Husky ever to swimsuit up for the Pink Sox after Carlos Pena additionally had a quick stint with the membership in 2006.
“Our discipline is so near Fenway that I used to go to Fenway fairly a bit after I was in class, so I’m fairly snug with the scenario,” Ottavino mentioned Tuesday.
The primary participant to be traded from the Yankees to the Pink Sox since Kelly Johnson was swapped for Stephen Drew in 2014, Ottavino didn’t see it coming.
“I feel that’s what shocked me essentially the most at present was simply that it was such a commerce,” he mentioned. “I really feel like I’m going to finish up being a trivia query in the future. When (Yankees common supervisor Brian) Cashman instructed me the Pink Sox, that was not the title I anticipated. I knew I might be traded, however I undoubtedly didn’t count on that.
“It’s sort of enjoyable to be part of one thing a bit of out of the unusual.”
The Yankees can pay $850,000 of the $8 million owed to Ottavino this yr, in response to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
He signed a three-year, $27-million take care of the Yankees earlier than the 2019 season, when the Sox have been additionally fascinated with Ottavino however finally ended up signing Nathan Eovaldi to a $64-million deal over 4 years.
Ottavino was dominant in 2019, when he posted a 1.90 ERA for the Yankees, however his 5.89 ERA over simply 18 innings in 2020 was surprising.
“I undoubtedly have been working very arduous behind the scenes this offseason,” the 35-year-old right-hander mentioned. “I don’t need to give away too many issues however for me, a number of shapes of my breaking pitches, I feel, is the world the place I may be elite at.”
Ottavino mentioned he thinks the Pink Sox might be aggressive this yr.
“It was clearly a troublesome yr for them final yr, however I really feel like Boston is rarely a group that folks assume are awful,” he mentioned. “Even final yr coming in with the Yankees, we at all times knew that we had our palms full with the Pink Sox. Can’t sleep on the Pink Sox. It’s at all times a group that may beat you any single night time.
“We’ll see what occurs this yr. We’ve got a variety of expertise and hopefully we will shock individuals.”