ST. CLOUD TIMES: In the 9th Inning, He's all Business
Brian MacPherson features Lion right-hander Xavier Esquivel in the St. Cloud Times.
July 14, 2008
Story Published by St. Cloud Times
Story by Brian MacPherson
Published July 13, 2008
Xavier Esquivel used to have plenty to do between the first inning and the ninth inning.
In Little League and in high school, before they told him he threw too hard to be anything but a pitcher, he would play shortstop for eight innings. Only when the ninth inning rolled around did his coach summon him to the mound for the final three outs.
The 5-foot-10 right-hander no longer plays shortstop but remains a ninth-inning specialist — and one of the best in the Northwoods League at that. His nine saves and 0.44 ERA, in fact, earned him a ticket to Monday’s Northwoods League All-Star Game.
And, as it turns out, he still has plenty to do during the game’s first eight innings:
It’s way too early to start thinking about a potential ninth-inning appearance. Instead, Esquivel and some of his partners in crime on the bench usually are playing trivia games with pro baseball players or movie characters.
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