Mark Saccomanno – 2009 Upper Deck

February 20, 2011

Trying To Avoid The Easy Jokes

Saccomanno, a hometown boy, got 10 at bats for the Astros in 2008. Upper Deck would have made you think he was a hot prospect, but Mark was 28. So basically the Astros threw him a bone for loyal service at Round Rock for a few seasons.

Which is nice of Houston to do. The Astros were kinda sorta in the wild card race (coming from way back to get within 3 1/2 back of Milwaukee) and some guy named Berkman had an OPS+ of 159 at first base that year.

In front of his hometown friends and family, and with two out in the bottom of the fifth, he crushed the first pitch he saw from Ian Snell and planted it in the seats to break a scoreless tie. The Astros scored two more runs in the inning and held on to a 3-2 win, giving Saccomanno a GWRBI.

His only other hit was a run-scoring pinch double off of James Parr. But the Astros were in a big hole at the time as the Braves scored eight off of Brandon “Baby Got” Backe in 1 1/3.

His only two big league hits were a double and a homer. Not a bad thing to tell your kids. After playing for the Marlins organization last season, it’s unknown if he’s in a camp right now (well, I haven’t looked that hard, but still).

Every time I hear his name, I think of Jeannie Cusamano or even Hunter Scangarello. Damn Sopranos.

See how hard this is? You give me a name like Saccomanno and I’m trying my best not to mention the Godfather, or pizza, or Tommy Lasorda’s linguine with clam sauce. But it all comes around somewhere.

Of course, being up here in the Great White North (12-18 inches of snow today, and I gotta drive to Northfield tomorrow), I am learning the difference between a Peterson and a Petersen. I now have a great arsenal of Minnesota Nice, and love walleye on a stick. My children are all above average.

But I’m drawing the line at lutefisk.

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