The following is an excerpt from a Boston Globe story by Alex Speier on former Davidson pitcher Durin O'Linger and his opportunity to play in the Boston Red Sox organization this summer. A link the to full story follows the excerpt.
By Alex Speier
Typically, the minor leagues are examined solely through the related prisms of prospect value and expected big league contributions. Yet there are some players for whom such narrow considerations miss the point.
But in some instances, a minor league opportunity represents not just a means to an end but an adventure in its own right. Just about any minor leaguer, of course, will permit himself to daydream about climbing the successive rungs of the ladder in front of him. Still, some do so with an awareness that their participation in the minor leagues offers them a chance to delay the start of whatever is to follow.
“The Pharmacist” is one such player.
“It’s tough not to daydream. But the big thing about daydreaming is you lose
O’Linger— a 5-foot-10-inch