"The easy part is getting to the Big Leagues," he says. "The hard part is staying there. Players in the Big Leagues play at high level every single day. The game there is not forgiving of your down days. Players are not only gifted physically, they're gifted mentally. The good ones never allow themselves to take a night off. Up there, if you're not mentally on top of your game all the time, the mistakes will find you.
There's an old saying, 'Give me 100 percent of whatever your have. If you can only play at 60 percent, give me 100 percent of that.' And at the Big League level, 60 percent is pretty doggone good."
Getting acclimated, he says again, is the key.
He smiles now at the first time he got in to a Big League game as a pinch runner for Mo Vaughn.
"As I ran out to second base," he says, "I kept thinking how uneven the turf was in the Sky Dome. I was high steppin' it the whole way, saying 'Don't trip! Don't trip! Don't trip!"
He made it just fine.
And something in the demeanor, maturity and patience of Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos — the Angel Boy Wonders — says they likely won't be tripping either.
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