Friday, June 08, 2012 Explores Dodgers' College Boys

Jerry Crasnick has written a fine article about two of the Dodgers' unexpected heroes, Chris Capuano and A.J. Ellis. From "Behind the Dodgers' success" at

Both are well-spoken, engaging and thoughtful college graduates. Capuano, valedictorian of his high school class in Massachusetts, has an economics degree from Duke University, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa. Ellis, who has a bachelor's in communications with a minor in creative writing from Austin Peay State University, joins George Sherrill and Shawn Kelley of Seattle and Matt Reynolds of Colorado as one of four former Governors players in the big leagues.

Get beyond their curriculum vitae to the unspoken parts of their résumés, and you'll find that Capuano is an erstwhile medical train wreck and Ellis is a career minor league backup who spent four years at Triple-A before landing his big break. Both players are longer on perseverance than raw tools. But where would the Dodgers be without them?

Who knew Ellis minored in creative writing? Guess that explains where "Between Two Palm Trees" came from.


Steve Sax said...

Wait, is Duke even a four-year university?

Fred's Brim said...

@Sax, it's a 2-year community college but you have to stay 4 years. They based the show Community on it

Jason said...

Duke is a four-letter university.