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May 2, 2013

After changing name, Giammasi better than ever on diamond

After changing name, Giammasi playing better than ever on baseball diamond

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“I take a lot from my coaches. They are men that I can look up to and aspire to be like.”

His current baseball coach certainly admires the man Giammasi has grown into.

“He’s a mature and hard-working young man,” Grams said. “He is also a great teacher for the younger kids. He’s a tremendous leader and a very good kid.

“When I fill out my line-up card, I always write Spellacy and have to scribble it out. But I don’t think he minds.”

On the field

Heading into this spring, his third year as a starter, Giammasi stepped up in a big way for his teammates by volunteering to take on the major challenge of moving from third base to catcher for the first time since middle school.

“I caught a lot as a kid, but I hadn’t been a catcher since the eighth grade,” Giammasi said. “But we needed some leadership at catcher, and so I talked to the captains (Cam Farnham and Andrew Deloury) and we decided to give it a try.”

Grams knew calling on an inexperienced catcher was not without risk.

“It was a gamble,” said the coach. “But we knew the catching position has been a little thin, and Spell came in one day and said, ‘Coach, I want to catch again.’ He worked very hard to reeducate himself and he has been a fixture ever since.”

But moving from third base, where he started last year, to catcher wasn’t easy for Giammasi, who has been behind the plate for all but one game this season.

“It has taken a lot of working with the pitchers because I haven’t even caught a bullpen session in a long time. I really had to get used to catching a curveball. A couple games ago, I got one right in the arm.

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