In a camp full of large men, Phillippe Aumont still looms above the fray at 6 foot 7. Fresh off a successful stint at the World Baseball Classic, the former first round pick of the Mariners was wandering into the complex with a bag of Chick-Fil-A and ready to get back to work.
So the local media grabbed him before he could disappear into the minor league clubhouse and talked to him about his experience World Baseball Classic.
"Any time I get to wear my (nation's) colors, it's always an honor and I'll always enjoy it," he said. "Especially in front of 42,000 people with probably 41,000 who were Canadian. I loved it. It was a great experience and I'll always remember that outing against the US."
We've already talked about Aumont's eventful and successful inning of work in the WBC. The stories about him keep appearing on the web.
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Here's another one from the NY Times' Tyler Kepner, and another one from Amy K. Nelson of ESPN and another one from the Toronto Globe and Mail, heck even the The News Tribune's John McGrath has a columnfrom the other day.
When asked about it, Aumont called it the "best inning" of his short baseball career and a "lifetime experience."
When asked about perhaps getting some of the other Canadian players that skipped out on the classic this year i.e. Erik Bedard, Rich Harden and Ryan Dempster, Aumont knew it wasn't in his place to criticize, but also was hopeful they would play in the next WBC, because if healthy he plans to.
"Hopefully in four years some of those guys will be out there with me and be a part of it," he said.
Anyway, Aumont will be in minor league camp, which he seemed non-plussed about, but also understanding.
"I don't have any control over that," he said. "There's people up there who have some reasons. I wasn't really happy about it, but we'll go through camp and we'll start the season. I'll do the best I can and stay healthy."
"They didn't really tell me. But I got hurt last year and once you're in big-league camp, you're not there to play around. You're there to perform. I guess they wanted to take it easy on my arm and in minor league camp I can step back a little bit."