The player crushing a batting practice pitch 15 rows into the left-field seats on a picture-perfect night at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Ballpark may have seemed like a giant among men. But what made the feat so amazing was that the blast didn't come from one of the many veteran sluggers in the park that day --
Though Masterson's batting practice exploits are unlikely to be repeated during game action (he's 0-for-2 in his big league career), he has had immediate success on the mound, going 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA in five starts for Boston this season. In size and personality, the 6'6" Masterson reminds Red Sox Nation of former closer
Masterson, a 23-year-old righty, sat down in the visitor's dugout to talk about quality starts, quality teammates and quality coaching from a Hall of Famer.