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World of possibility: Futures Game stage doesn't faze Bethancourt

 

Their practice was light, but their focus was intense as World team players took the field early Sunday to warm up before the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Christian Bethancourt said playing on one of baseball's biggest stages was something he would never forget. His mom was pretty excited too. 
 
"Seeing her son playing for the world team -- seeing all the big league stuff, like the big league stadium, the big league people working with us, we got Bernie Williams as our manager ... it's just really good," Bethancourt said. "There's no words to explain how these players feel." 
 
Assistant manager Darren Bush was feeling pretty good too. He said the new environment, nerves, and the Midwest heat wave hadn't slowed down his group at all. His advice:
 
"Just play your game," Bush said. "Play your game and do everything you've done during the season. It'll all be good."
 
-- Gary Cotton