ALTOONA, Pa. -- Austin Meadows' locker in the Altoona Curve clubhouse has long been cleared out. Last week, across the room, first baseman/outfielder José Osuna sifted through his belongings and excitedly packed his bags. too.
Osuna's promotion to Triple-A Indianapolis made for a moment player and manager say they won’t soon forget. The Venezuelan walked through the clubhouse and the adjoining weight room, calling family members while his Altoona teammates gave him a round of applause.
“What he’s done, especially the past few weeks playing right, left and first, not too many people can do that,” Curve manager Joey Cora said. “We’re looking forward to those moments. So far I haven’t had a moment where I had to tell a guy that he’s going down, so that’s nice. That’s fun to tell the guys that they’re going up, especially the guys like Meadows and Osuna, they’re going up because they earned it and they’re going to stay there.”