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Garin Cecchini was called up on Sunday for Boston's series finale with the Rays. (Special to the American Press)

Garin Cecchini was called up on Sunday for Boston's series finale with the Rays. (Special to the American Press)

Cecchini gets early start to dream debut

Last Modified: Tuesday, June 03, 2014 11:36 AM

By Jim Gazzolo / American Press

Garin Cecchini couldn’t sleep.

He no longer needed to however.

Instead, Sunday he lived his dream.

The former Barbe High star found himself at legendary Fenway Park at 7:30 in the morning.

Dressed and ready to go, Cecchini was

in game mode almost a full six hours before the first pitch was scheduled.

When you have been waiting 23 years to get some place, being a little early is not a problem.

“I got here a little early,” Cecchini said after the game. “I just sat here and took it all in. I went up and saw the field and everything.”

With time to spare and big-league chow in the room, Cecchini did what any young man starving for his shot in the big leagues would do, he feasted.

“I ate breakfast, ate breakfast some more and then again ate breakfast to kill some time,” he said.

With his belly full, the infielder gave the Red Sox and their fans a taste of things to come — he hopes.

With little expectation of playing, Cecchini was considered just a one-day emergency only call-up by Boston, he suddenly found himself thrown into the game against Tampa Bay.

Dustin Pedroia, one of main cogs for the defending champs, was kicked out of the game for arguing with umpires in the third inning.

All of a sudden Cecchini found himself not only in the game, but batting in the heart of Boston’s lineup.

After striking out looking in his first major league at-bat, Cecchini ripped an RBI double the next time up, helping the Red Sox finish a weekend sweep of the Rays 4-0 and extended their winning streak to seven games.

“When you come up here you are expected to win,” Cecchini said. “It felt good to help the team.”

That’s the way he has been since high school, willing to do what it takes.

The Cecchini family is all about baseball, so it makes sense that Garin is where he is today. It’s not only what he hoped for but it is what he expected.

Last year when he doubled home a run the Future’s All-Star Game, he said it was just fun being out there and playing.

He said the same thing Sunday despite the increased pressure.

Being a big-league baseball player is all he wanted to do from the first moment he held a bat and wore a glove.

It’s why he gave up a scholarship to LSU for big money and even bigger aspirations.

Sunday all that paid off.

“This was a dream come true,” said Cecchini. “I’m kind of speechless.”

It was a short-lived dream, as he was sent back down to Triple-A Monday as expected.

After his time with the Boston media on Sunday, Cecchini got to see his mother and father, who themselves had an early morning.

They were in Savannah, Georgia the night before watching their younger son Gavin play in Single-A. They had just spent time in Pawtucket, Rhode Island where Garin was playing Triple-A.

They had to catch a 5:30 a.m. flight after finding out just a few hours before that he was being called up to the show.

Garin’s parents were not about to miss his major league debut.

It has been that way from the start. With it comes to the Cecchini’s baseball is a family business.

And Sunday business was pretty darn good.

Jim Gazzolo is managing sports editor. Email him at

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