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“It’s been a long time coming”: Will Cook, Gatemen kick off 2023 season at Fenway Park

Infielder Will Cook (Louisville) works out during the Cape League’s annual Fenway Day, June 9, 2023 at Fenway Park in Boston. Photo by Maddy Djuric

Fenway Park holds the title of the oldest ballpark in America. It has become an annual tradition for teams in the Cape Cod League to have the opportunity to workout in the park that’s home to the Boston Red Sox. 

Playing professional baseball for teams like the Red Sox is the dream for many of these players, including infielder Will Cook (Louisville). This past season, Cook had a .244 batting average along with 15 RBI. The third baseman for the Cardinals owned a .961 fielding percentage with only two errors on the year. Cook said he’s excited to play for the Gatemen after his plans were forced to change last summer.

“I was supposed to come down last year but unfortunately I got injured,” Cook said. “So it’s been a long time coming, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

While Cook is looking forward to meeting his new teammates and coaches, he’s also ready to rekindle his love for the sport he grew up with. 

“I feel like I haven’t had fun in a little bit, so I feel like I need to get back to that and being like a little kid again,” Cook said. 

Fenway Park has its own personal importance for Cook. In 1993, Cook’s father, Jake, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox. Cook has always had the goal of following in his father’s footsteps to work towards playing in the big leagues.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and he’s definitely been a big part of me and my baseball career,” Cook said. “It’s really special to make it to this point.” 

The Gatemen open their season on the road against the Falmouth Commodores on June 10 and first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.