When he was a kid, J.P. Arencibia nervously held out a piece of paper for a big-league autograph and has never forgotten the mixed feelings of excitement and trepidation that accompanied the moment.
It’s something that has stayed with him, even here and now, as an established major-league catcher, in a spring training that is all about excellence and expectations.
It’s something, really, he won’t let himself walk away from.
“You have to realize there’s a bigger picture in all this,” said Arencibia, speaking on a gray blustery day in Dunedin.
“Some guys (in our business) get it. Some guys don’t. Since I was a kid, I was impacted by a big-league player just saying hello to me. I never forgot that.
“Even when I was in the minor leagues, or coming up to become the starting catcher, I’ve always tried to take the time out for people. For me, maybe it’s a small thing. But for the person who’s asking it might be the biggest thing in the world."