BOSTON -- Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel's first career appearance at Fenway Park on Friday will be extra special for him. In addition to his parents, who are flying in from Oklahoma, he's bringing the host parents he stayed with for two years while playing in the Cape Cod League.
Keuchel played two seasons in the summer wooden-bat league and lived at the home of Nancy and Paul Lambalot both times. Keuchel promised them if he ever got to pitch at Fenway Park, he would make sure they would be at the game.
One of the customs in the Cape Cod League is for local families to house the players during the summer.
"It should be special," Keuchel said. "They were the best host parents I could possibly get. I'm very grateful for both of them, and some of the family will be up here tomorrow."
Keuchel went 2-4 with a 3.20 ERA for Wareham in the 2007 Cape Cod League, leading the league with 59 innings pitched after his freshman season at the University of Arkansas. In '08, he was 1-3 with a 2.63 ERA for Wareham and was forth in the Cape Cod League with 54 2/3 innings.
"I know they [hosted] another teammate of mine at Arkansas, [former Astros draft pick] Brett Eibner, and he's with the Royals, so hopefully he gets up here and he can bring them, too," Keuchel said. "I think I'm the first one they've ever had [pitch at Fenway]. It should be special for both of us."