The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Angels Cory Rasmus looking forward to facing Blue Jays and brother Colby

  • Print

TORONTO - Cory Rasmus needed time to appreciate the significance of his first appearance at Rogers Centre.

A rookie reliever with the Atlanta Braves last May, Rasmus left the mound angry after giving up a home run to Edwin Encarnacion and a double to his older brother, Blue Jays centre fielder Colby Rasmus, in an eventual 9-3 interleague loss for Atlanta.

Now with the Los Angeles Angels, Cory is back in Toronto for a four-game set against Colby's Blue Jays.

And one year later, the younger Rasmus (by 15 months) feels a lot different about his last outing at Rogers Centre.

"To be honest with you, I didn't really get to enjoy the moment like I wish I would have, but to have an opportunity to come up here and maybe face him again is awesome," Cory Rasmus said hours before first pitch Friday.

"Hopefully I can embrace it a little more and I won't be so uptight about everything, because looking back on it, it was awesome. Brothers don't get to face each other too often in the big leagues."

Rasmus made his major league debut a week before the Toronto outing last year, and was traded to the Angels the following month. He finished the 2013 season with a 5.40 ERA through 21 2/3 innings.

Since being called up by the Angels a week ago, the 26-year-old, who's endured three shoulder surgeries over the last seven years, has pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out one.

With Colby Rasmus on a hot streak as well — batting .391 with a .417 on-base percentage and .913 slugging percentage over the last seven days — both brothers say they're looking forward a possible rematch of last year's at-bat.

The two had breakfast together Friday morning, and younger brother Cyle, who's just finished his college career at Columbus State University, will be in the Rogers Centre stands taking in the action this weekend.

Colby Rasmus says the playing field between him and Cory is a bit more even these days.

"I didn't really like (facing him) a whole lot last year." he said. "I've had the good fortune of hanging around the big leagues a bit longer and he was having struggles with his shoulder. He'd just been in the minor leagues, it wasn't really a fun time."

Cory and Colby were always teammates throughout their childhood, playing together in the Little League World Series in 1999, and winning a State Championship with Russell County High School in Seale, Ala., in 2005.

With that kind of history, Colby Rasmus admits it's strange having Cory on the other side of the diamond. But he's glad to see his younger brother getting his shot in the big leagues.

"I'd love nothing more than to have him do well," he said. "Through everything we've been through, all the work we put in when we were younger ... for us to both be on the same big league field and have a chance to do this, it's very special."

— Follow Melissa on Twitter: @ThrowinSmoke

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Drew Willy says team couldn't get anything going

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • PHIL.HOSSACK@FREEPRESS.MB.CA 090728 / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS White Pelicans belly up to the sushi bar Tuesday afternoon at Lockport. One of North America's largest birds is a common sight along the Red RIver and on Lake Winnipeg. Here the fight each other for fish near the base of Red RIver's control structure, giving human fisher's downstream a run for their money.
  • MIKE.DEAL@FREEPRESS.MB.CA 100615 - Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 The Mane Attraction - Lions are back at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Xerxes a 3-year-old male African Lion rests in the shade of a tree in his new enclosure at the old Giant Panda building.  MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Who are the real Bombers?

View Results

Ads by Google