Pascucci has more home runs in 32 games with the Zephyrs than the total produced by Mets left fielders and first basemen in 2008.
Ted Berg: You've been hitting pretty well down there lately.
Val Pascucci: Yeah, it's been going alright. I've had a few home runs lately and a couple came off my Albuquerque team from last year, so it was kind of fun to get back at those guys.
Ted Berg: Your numbers have really picked up since you've joined New Orleans. Did the change of scenery help?
Val Pascucci: Maybe the change of scenery was good. I felt like I was hitting the ball hard over there with the Phillies, but sometimes baseball goes like that. You're hitting well, you're doing well, but the team was losing; it was a tough place to play. It was cold at the beginning of the season, but I always try to do the same thing -- drive the ball hard up the middle and have good at-bats. I've been doing the same since I've been down here (in New Orleans) and just had some more luck.
Ted Berg: When you join an organization, do you look at its needs? Do you look up and down the roster?
Val Pascucci: A little bit. You try to figure out where to go, where you could maybe help a team win. Every offseason you try to find where you're going to fit in the best, and the Mets seemed to have a need. I had a relationship before with Omar Minaya and some of those guys from the Expos. Hopefully they give me a call sometime to help them out, if they make that decision.
Ted Berg: You've had exceptional stats in Triple-A for several years now. Does it ever get frustrating that you've seen so little Major League action?
Val Pascucci: I don't know if the word is frustrated. You can't really control it; the GMs and managers and everybody else make those decisions. The only thing you can control is what you do on the field, so you just try to do your best and try to put up numbers, and hope someone takes notice. I mean, obviously every player wants to get to the big leagues. Me, I left after the '04 season and played in Japan for two years. Coming back, obviously my goal is to get back to the big leagues and have some success there.
Ted Berg: Is the game any different over there?
Val Pascucci: A little bit. You've got to get used to the way guys play. There's a lot of bunting over there. They pitch a little different -- all their pitchers have offspeed pitches they throw for strikes, any count, any time they'll throw you that stuff. The fans are pretty involved over there, they're into every game and every player has a chant or song with your name in it for when you come to the plate.
Ted Berg: Did you have one?
Val Pascucci: Yeah, I did…It was a chant, they'd say like, ‘Val! Val Pascucci!,’ and it went on.
…to watch the chant on YouTube, click play below…
Ted Berg: I'm trying to start a movement here. What do you think might endear you to the New York fans.Val Pascucci: Different people have always talked about my name…It's a big-league name. But hopefully, I could gain fan support if they see me play. Try to win them over.
Ted Berg: Any nicknames?
Val Pascucci: Scooch has always been in there, from Pascucci. And the Boss has come around a few times – I guess everyone talks about my Italian side and ties it into all that.
Ted Berg: Did anyone tell you that you got mentioned on the pre-game show on Wednesday?
Val Pascucci: No, I hadn't heard that.
Ted Berg: I've been making such a stink around the office about how you'd be a good fit for the team, that my colleague Matt Cerrone mentioned your name in a list of potential solutions. So hopefully it starts to catch on.
Val Pascucci: I hope so! I appreciate the support.
…added to by Matthew Cerrone…
…awesome job, ted…to me, he’s hot right now…he’s obviously seeing the ball well, and so if the Mets need a bat with power off the bench, which they do, it would make sense to capitalize on pascucci’s hot hand…i mean, Raul Casanova is basically on the bench as a bat, not a back-up catcher, with the way Willie Randolph has used him, and i have to think ‘scooch’ would be a better option in that role…
To read more on Pascucci, check out Berg’s column at SNY.tv, in which he further profiles the 29–year-old outfielder.