Brewers George Kottaras Depressed He’s Playing Before Lone Greek Sports Beat Writer
MILWAUKEE (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) Unlike the throngs of Japanese reporters who’ve followed Ichiro Suzuki during his entire time in Seattle, Milwaukee Brewers’ catcher, George Kottaras has only one countryman to answer to, Takis Mihopoulos.
“Baseball isn’t exactly thriving in Greece.” Kottarras said. “So, the Hellenic Media Service sent one guy to follow me.”
Mihopoulos reports Kottaras’ exploits back to Greece for Greeks interested in the light-hitting catcher’s performances and recipes for Baklava.
“It kinda bums me out.” the Canadian born backstop of Greek heritage, chimed. “Ichiro’s got an entire corps of media following his every move. Meanwhile, I’m pounding Ouzo shots with this bozo. No offense. Granted, Ichiro’s lifetime batting average is over 100 points higher than mine, but why quibble?”
Kottarras is one of a handful of Greek players in the majors, which includes Kansas City Royals third baseman, Mike Moustakas and Baltimore Orioles outfielder, Nick Markakis.
“Sad thing is, we used to be associated with sports.” added Kottarras. “We invented the freekin’ Olympics, now we’ve just got a lot of overpaid announcers mispronouncing our names.”
Should Greece default on it’s debt, Mihopoulos will be forced to take up residence in Kottarras’ locker.
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