Spring training is only a couple of weeks old, and already, Cubs legend Henry Blanco is taking to his role as mentor for young catcher Geovany Soto. The two are inseparable, and Hank appreciates Soto’s efforts to be a sponge.
Geo’s a nice kid. He works hard. He wants to learn. So far I’ve impressed upon him the importance of hard work. I’ve got him washing my car (a 1993 Honda Civic), doing my laundry (lots of Los Lonely Boys t-shirts) and actually, he’s learning to make a mean Cuban sandwich.
Blanco says that of all the young catcher’s he’s worked with (including Javy Lopez and Joe Mauer), Geovany’s a quick study. Unlike the last guy Hank tried to take under his wing.
I don’t even want to talk about what happened a couple of years ago when I let Michael Barrett wash my old car (a 1984 Toyota Tercel hatchback.) It’s too tough to relive that.