11.11.2008

BREAKING HENRY COTTO NEWS

Our new Henry Cotto insider had this to say:

"El Marko said...
Well, I just spoke to Henry and I have good news and bad news.

The good news is: I told him about this site and he laughed heartily and asked for the link.

The bad news is: he is no longer a Seattle Mariner. He just signed on to be a roving instructor with the Giants. Actually that makes us in Connecticut very happy as it means he will be visiting Norwich, Ct in the Eastern League.

Anyway, I hope you don't change the site name because of this...he still spent the bulk of his playing days in Seattle."

(Of course, El Marko could just be playing a practical joke on all of us here at HCM, it wouldn't be the first time our dedicated news staff had been fooled. I however, choose to believe El Marko... call it blind faith, call it "Hey this dude has a website and everything!", call it what you will. I buy it!)

This is certainly dissapointing news that Mr. Cotto has once again left our beloved Seattle Mariner organization. However, it does nothing to tarnish our respect for the man, the player, and the mustache.

We wish Henry the best of luck with his new position and can only hope that he returns to the organization in a few short weeks as the Manager.

I THINK THE AUDIENCE WOULD AGREE WITH ME THERE!!!!

10 comments:

El Marko said...

Oh yes, I'm for real. (My wife has never believed that, but you should.) Check out the photos on the Henry Cotto fan club site which include pictures of Henry with some of our members, pictures from Henry's 2002 wedding including pictures of the Pineiros and Vasquezes. And also awesome pictures from one of the Sunday afternoon barbecue whiffle ball games we used to have with Henry and the players in my front yard. Somewhere there is also a picture of Julio Ayala who is listed as one of Henry's friends on Facebook.

f. i. n. n. said...

Never doubted ya El Marko!

El Marko said...

Oh, and I am now on his friends list on the Facebook page. Mark Sackler. (I signed up today after seeing the posting to that effect)

El Marko said...

How the HENRY COTTO FAN CLUB got started:

My wife and I acted as a host family for New Haven Ravens players (AA Eastern League) from 1996 through 2003 when the team was sold and moved to New Hampshire. Henry was the hitting coach, as well as first base coach and outfielder's coach for the two years the team was a Mariner's affiliate in 1999-2000. He lived with us for both of those full seasons.

At the start of the 2000 season my wife informed me that Louis "Figgie" Figueroa, the Ravens starting third baseman, would also be living with us. She added, "we need a player living with us to have a rooting interest at the games because you can't root for a first base coach."

My response was: "wanna bet?" I then promptly formed the fan club with a few of my Ravens-fans friends and the rest was history.

(Stay tuned, more to come)

Fortune said...

That is the greatest fan club starting story i have ever heard. I suppose we can thank your wife for not seeing his mustache for what it really is.

El Marko said...

Fan Club Part Two; How we rooted for Henry.

There were a handful of us who were at almost every Ravens game. Once during each game we would stand up as the Ravens came in from the field to bat and start chanting "Henry!Henry!Henry!" until he came onthe field to take his place in the first base coaching box, at which point we errupted in a big cheer. Needless to say this was quite visible in a small minor league ball park with only about 3000 average attendence, and Henry took quite ab it of needling from the players over it. So he fought back. On one ocassion he started to come out of the dugout, threw us a head fake, and went back in. On other ocassions when we went into our chant, he would not come out at all, but send one of players out to coach first base.

More stories to come....

Mark

Fortune said...

Another great story. Did you guys boo the poor 1st Base coach until Henry came out?

Also we were curious how you found our site?

El Marko said...

We did boo on occassion. It was all in good fun because we knew many of the players too. I found the site when I googled Henry's name, which I hadn't done in a long time and really am not sure what motivated me at this time.

El Marko said...

How we rooted for Henry, Part III:

When we went into our chants for Henry we also sometimes got some unexpected participation. For example, one time as we were in our Henry! henry! chant I got the odd feeling there was somebody in back of me. I turned around to see the Ravens two costumed mascots, Rally and RBI bouncing up and down mimicking us.

Also, there were times when some of the surrounding fans would join in with enthusiam. On more than one occasion though, one of the energetic participants, usually a teenage girl, would ask "who is Henry?"

Still more to come....

Mark

wanamaker said...

Another great story. Did you guys boo the poor 1st Base coach until Henry came out?

Also we were curious how you found our site?