Joltin’ with the Jays
Aucklander Scott Campbell, 23, shook hands with Joe DiMaggio in 1995 as a New Zealand representative at the World Children’s Baseball Fair in Japan and this week, 13 years later, Campbell played Dimaggio’s Yankee Stadium, as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays in the Futures Game. An annual component of All-Star Week, the event showcases top minor-league prospects in a game that pits a United States club against a team of players from other nations. Campbell, now a second baseman, was nine when his mother saw a newspaper ad for a children’s baseball program. “No other sport really jumped out at me, so I just decided to give it a go,” he said. He was a natural. In 2006, Toronto made him the first New Zealander ever drafted.