Andover’s Gus Quattlebaum exuded joy even beyond his wide smile as he talked everything baseball — from playing to scouting to a few Red Sox stories — with a captive audience made up of the Andover Legion baseball team.
“I went to school with a lot of guys who are making a heck of a lot more money than me,” Quattlebaum said. “But I can’t say any of them are happier than I am. I wake up every day happy to go to my work in baseball.”
Once a star for the Andover Legion team, Quattlebaum now calls Fenway Park home as the assistant director of amateur scouting for the Boston Red Sox.
But he was back at — or near — the field where he stood out for Post 8, returning to Andover High to pass along advice and exchange a few inspirational and hilarious Sox stories with the Andover Legion squad last week. He brought his two World Series rings along for the ride, too.
“It’s really great to be back,” said Quattlebaum, who now calls Lexington home after living in California while scouting. “If it wasn’t for the Andover youth programs, I never would have gotten into baseball. They have sent me on the career path I am on now. Coach (Joe) Iarrobino coached me for eight years, so it is great to see him still coaching.”
Iarrobino is far from shocked to see Quattlebaum work his way into a role as a top Sox executive.
“I remember him as a kid talking about that he wanted to have a career in baseball,” the Legion coach said. “You couldn’t find a nicer kid or a more intense competitor. He told me he wanted to be a general manager one day, and he is on his way.”
Through the ranks