BOURNE, Mass. (August 4, 2008) — University of Connecticut second baseman Pierre LePage (Wolcott, Conn.), currently playing for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod Summer League, was featured on the Cape Cod Baseball website on Friday, August 1.
Listed on the Bourne Braves roster at 5 feet, 8 inches tall, Pierre LePage must have worn cleats and stood on a concrete slab when he was measured. Despite his diminutive stature, the second baseman has contributed something to the Braves that cannot be measured by statistical analysis: energy … a lot of it.
It seems whenever LePage goes anywhere, he runs. He is first to his position to start every inning, even if he just made the last out. He literally sprints everywhere he goes, from the first inning to the last. His energy is tangible, and potentially contagious.
“I’ve had seasons where everyone ends up sprinting everywhere, the whole team,” admits LePage. This typist can do his energy no justice. For a true picture of his hustle, fans should visit Doran Park and watch him for an entire game.
“I guess it started when I was 13, playing AAU ball,” says LePage of his approach to the game. “Everyone else got bigger and I didn’t. One thing I could still guarantee was that I could hustle more than everybody else.”
His play has led local fans to liken LePage to Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. “It’s not the first time I’ve heard that comparison,” said a flattered LePage. “He gives little guys hope; he really is a great role model.”
The opportunity to play on the Cape came late to LePage, following the mid-season departure of Austin Knight (Dallas Baptist).
LePage was extremely grateful for the chance. “I think if you play baseball, you have three dreams; you want to play Division 1, you want to play in the majors and you want to play on the Cape.” He said.
LePage’s appreciation for the game and constant motion has not gone unnoticed by teammates. “I thought it had to be his excitement to get the call or something,” said Braves outfielder Jordan Henry (Mississippi). “But he just never stops. It’s amazing.”
*Release and information above courtesy of Jim Chandley, CCBL.