Bocock Back in the Big Leagues

By: Damon Dillman Email
By: Damon Dillman Email

For former Turner Ashby baseball star Brian Bocock, a Tuesday afternoon watching television on the couch got a lot more frenzied with one phone call.

Dave Huppert, Bocock's manager with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, was on the other end with some news: Bocock was returning to the major leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies.

"I was in shock, obviously. It gave me chills a little bit, because I was totally not expecting it at this time," Bocock said. "But things happen, and you've got to be ready at all times."

Bococks's wife was working from phone when Huppert's call came. After breaking the news to her, he called his parents.

"And then I started scrambling. Because I had to go to the park, pack up all my baseball stuff, come back to the house," he said. "It's been a hectic day, to say the least, but a good one."

By late Tuesday afternoon, Bocock was sitting at the airport in Philadelphia his flight back to the big leagues. Bocock expected to arrive in Cincinnati around 7 p.m., then go directly to Great American Ballpark, where the Phillies/Reds game will already be underway.

Bocock hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2008, when he was the opening day shortstop for the San Francisco Giants. He hit .143, with two RBI and four stolen bases in 32 games before being optioned to Triple A.

He was hitting .179 with one home run and 12 RBI in 65 games at Lehigh Valley this season.

"It's what you've always worked for, to play the game at the highest level. It means a lot to me personally to get back, especially since I made it with another organization," Bocock said. "That people feel the same way about you, and think that you can play at that level.

"I've learned a lot over the last couple of years since being there, so I think that will help me," he added.

Bocock and veteran Greg Dobbs were both added to the Phillies' roster Tuesday afternoon, when injured infielders Chase Utley and Placido Polanco were placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Bocock said he hadn't spoken with anyone from the Phillies yet, and hadn't gotten any indication of what his role would be with the big club. But he said he would "show up to the park ready to play everyday."

"You might not play until the seventh or eighth inning, but it might be the most important time of the game. I might get a ground ball hit at me, or whatever it may be," he said. "You've just got to be ready.

"I don't know what's going to happen while I'm there, or even how long I'll be there," Bocock added. "But I just want to go in with a good attitude and try to make the most of every opportunity that I get."


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