Burlington, VT - These days when John Wasdin throws off a mound, it's during Lake Monsters batting practice. But it wasn't long ago when he right hander was pitching in the majors, spending 4 of his 17 year pro career in Boston.
"I enjoyed my time there, it made me a better ballplayer mentally if not physically," said Wasdin.
Wasdin picked up sort of dubious nickname while pitching in Boston. A nickname the reliver felt he didn't quite deserve.
"The Way Back thing, you know I didn't pitch poorly in Boston. I had a winning record a 4-something era. There's guys who's pitching there or still pitching or who have pitched before me or after me who did worse than I did. To be honest with you there could be worse nicknames to have."
Now as Lake Monsters pitching coach, Wasdin is taking all of his expereinces, good and bad, and passing them on to young major leauge hopefulls in Burlington.
John Wasdin is hoping his return to New England is a success. Once known as way back, it's time to welcome back.
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