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Friday, August 21, 2009

Seamus, Dick Drago and "A Glove of Their Own"


In between weightlifting sets, Seamus had time for a brief interview with former Major League pitcher Dick Drago, who during his 13 year major league career pitched on such historic teams as the 1975 World Series Boston Red Sox.

These days, Dick Drago is involved in a wonderful children's book project called "A Glove of Their Own" and he tells Seamus the details:

Seamus:

How old were you when you started playing baseball?

Dick Drago:

I was 7 years old when I really became interested in playing baseball. However back then you had to be 10 to play organized baseball so we just played sandlot games just like in the book, "A Glove of Their Own." LOL!!

Seamus:

LOL! Wow. What was the best baseball team you ever played on?


Dick Drago:

That is a toss up between the 1975 and 1978 Red Sox. Even though we went to the World Series in 1975 I think the 1978 team was probably a better all around team.

Seamus:

Wow. When you were a kid, what was your favorite position?

Dick Drago:

I loved playing SS in little league. Because I had such a good arm at an early age I pitched as well. I liked the action you got playing SS. Also batted clean up. Those were the days.

Seamus:

What would you tell young players who want to stand out from the crowd?

Dick Drago:

Work hard at what you do and most important, listen to the players who were good at the game. Pick their brains and practice everyday. Also watch the games on TV as much as possible to see how the best perform.

Seamus:

What advice do you have for youth baseball coaches?

Dick Drago:

Keep teaching, teaching, teaching. You are the most important person to these kids in learning the game. Encouragement so necessary in today's world. Things have changed in youth baseball since I played. I wasn't allowed to throw breaking balls as a kid and it served me well as my career can attest. If I was coaching that would be one thing I would cut down on.

Seamus:

What kind of baseball projects are you involved with today?

Dick Drago:

I am very involved in getting "A Glove of Their Own" in the hands of every kid. To make sure every kid who wants to play baseball has equipment ( glove, bat, shoes, etc.)

I am also involved with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni doing several golf outings for charities and clinics for kids.

I participate in the Red Sox Fantasy camp every year in Ft Myers, Fl.

Seamus:

Mr. Drago thank you very much for coming on Seamus' Baseball Blog to speak about the "A Glove of Their Own" project.

Dick Drago:

My pleasure Seamus, keep up the great work.


Related Articles and Links

"A Glove of Their Own" on BostonSportsU18.com

Dick Drago on Facebook

When a Save Was a Save - Through the Eyes of Dick Drago

Boston Red Sox History