Bullpen catcher Scott Cursi walked side-by-side with Curt Casali toward the outfield at Target Field. That’s part of Cursi’s pregame ritual — escort the starting catcher to the bullpen so he can warm up the starting pitcher. Casali was making his major-league debut, and the moment wasn’t lost on Cursi. “Take a look around,” Cursi said. “Take it all in.” The expansive stadium. A crowd of more than 31,000 slowly filling the park. It wasn’t lost on Casali that he was no longer with Triple-A Durham. That moment came earlier in the day when bullpen coach Stan Boroski presented him with a scouting report of the Twins hitters. A scaled-down report, since the Rays didn’t want to crush the kid with too much information, but a report nonetheless. Back at Durham, Bulls pitching coach Neil Allen would briefly go over the hitters while Casali warmed up the starter in the bullpen.
Casali gets on-the-job training, big-league style
Tampa Tribune | Aug 10