Chris Bostick said it’s always a treat to come home.
The Aquinas graduate was in Rochester Tuesday night as his Indianapolis Indians opened a three game series with the Red Wings.
Though he’s happy friends and family can make the ultra-short drive to see him play for a few days, the goal remains the same.
“Once you get to this point, there’s not a lot of people who say they enjoy playing in Triple-A,” Bostick said.
This is his eighth season in pro baseball and his second in the Pirates organization. Bostick got his first major league call-up last year and played 47 games.
He hasn’t been back to the bigs thus far in 2018.
“Once you get the first taste, it’s tough to come back,” Bostick said. “You can’t really control it. You’re never going to be able to control it. The only thing it’ll do is beat you into the ground. You just want to keep playing and be ready if they do call your name.”
Bostick is doing his part. He entered the series against the Wings hitting .319, tops among Indians who have played at least 20 games. He also leads his team in doubles, triples and total bases.
Just like most everyone else in Triple-A, he’s close. He’s trying to stay patient and not get wrapped up waiting for another call from Pittsburgh.
“At this point, I don’t think I’m going to learn any new tricks. It’s just kind of honing in and sharpening up the abilities I already have,” Bostick said. “They say the big leagues is not a different game. It’s just people are sharper. They don’t make as many mistakes. You get exposed if you have holes, if you have things that you don’t do well.”
Bostick went 1-for-3 in his first game against the Wings Tuesday. He also drew two walks and scored a run as Indy won 5-0.
A good show for the home fans, even if it’s not where Bostick wants to be.