By Mike Harrington
Be sure to read Sunday's Inside Baseball column on Durham pitcher Steve Geltz, the Ransomville native and former hurler at Wilson High and the University at Buffalo.
Here's one little vignette I didn't get into the story: At spring training this year in Tempe, Ariz., with the Los Angeles Angels, rookies were assigned different tasks or projects to carry through camp. Geltz's assignment from manager Mike Scioscia? The weather reports for camp -- and for his home metro area of Buffalo.
"So I'd go get Tempe and Buffalo and post it in the bulletin board and then to get ahead and get some brownie points I'd get road places we were going like Peoria or Surprise," Geltz told me Friday in the Durham clubhouse. "I'd have to stand up in the middle of the morning meeting and I'd have UV index, pollen count, all that. Then they'd be like,'What's it like back home?' and I'd have to say like, '8 (degrees) with snow.'
"I actually kind of lucked out. Some guys had to do projects, trips, go to butterfly museums. I just had to print the weather out."
And as promised in the column, here's the MLB.com video showing Geltz's debut inning for the Angels last August against Tampa Bay. There's no embed code (sorry) but the link gets you there.
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