July 9, 2013
Boston College junior Blake Butera and sophomore Andrew Chin have landed in Chatham this summer in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. The two have played a significant role for the Chatham Anglers, who are currently in first place in the Eastern Division with a league best 15-6 record. Butera is currently hitting .257 with five doubles and six RBIs. Defensively, the middle infielder has played extremely well and is leading the team in assists. On the mound, Chin has been dominating. The left-hander is 2-0 with a 2.82 ERA. He is leading the team in innings pitched and is third on the team with 15 strikeouts.
On Sunday, the two Eagles led the way for Chatham in a 4-3 extra-inning win over the Brewster Whitecaps. Chin was lights out on the mound going five innings without allowing an earned run and striking out three. Butera put on a 4-for-5 performance, had two RBIs and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th. We got a chance to talk with the two Eagles and see what life is like playing Cape Cod baseball.
First off, what has your experience been like playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League?
Blake: We're both enjoying our experience so far playing in the Cape Cod League. The coaches are great and the players on our team are awesome. We get along very well with all the guys on our team, which makes playing that much better. Playing with and against the best competition in the country is also a great experience.
You (as well as the team) are off to a hot start to the summer, what do you think has led to this success, both personally and for the team?
Andrew: We both have been working very hard with the coaches here in Chatham as well as the rest of our team. Putting in our work at practice helps our team win games, resulting in success early in the season. The team is full of guys that work very hard and who are easy to get along which also leads to our success as a team.
How are the rest of the guys on the team?
Andrew: The rest of the guys are awesome, and it's interesting to be with so many guys who are from all over. They are great players and an awesome group to be around of it. So far, I am friendly with everyone, which I think is great because that is rare on some teams.
How is it living on the Cape?
Blake: Living on the Cape has been really nice so far. It's a beautiful place that has a ton of things to do whether it is going to the beach or just walking around in downtown Chatham. I'm living with Andrew and we are staying with the Kangas family in East Harwich. Our host mom is Virginia Kangas and her daughter Jen. They are both very nice people and we have really enjoyed staying with them so far.
What is one thing you hope to do on Cape Cod during this summer?
Andrew: Well, we both want to have as much fun as we can, that is why we are here. Not many people get to experience playing in the Cape League, so we are both very lucky to be here, especially in Chatham. One aspect of playing on the Cape this summer is to obviously get better at playing baseball, and to have fun while we're at it. The Cape is a special place and a lot of good players have come through here.
Interview by senior John Hennessy