Mass. native Cishek 'a tourist all over again'

Mass. native Cishek 'a tourist all over again'

Mass. native Cishek 'a tourist all over again'
BOSTON -- Reliever Steve Cishek took some time before Tuesday's series opener vs. the Red Sox to take in the sights at Fenway Park. The Marlins reliever grew up in nearby Falmouth, Mass., and he was back at Fenway for the first time since attending a Sox game as a child.

Cishek was raised a Red Sox fan, though he saw only one game in Boston as a 9-year-old. On Tuesday, he ventured into the depths of the Green Monster to sign his name while the Red Sox took batting practice.

"It's beautiful. There was a lot of names on that wall, boy I'll tell you," Cishek said. "We found a spot where they hardly paint over, so I wrote [my name], and Josh Hamilton's was to the left."

The right-hander sought out Ted Williams' signature and later poked his head out of an opening in the scoreboard.

"It was cool. I tried to take it all in," Cishek said. "There's more sightseeing tomorrow. I feel like a tourist all over again."

Nestled along the southern coast of Cape Cod, Falmouth is roughly 75 miles away from Fenway Park. Cishek is just the second player from the town to make it to the Major Leagues. The other was Bob Allieta, a catcher for the Angels in 1975.

Cishek entered Tuesday's game at 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA and one save in 29 appearances. He has 28 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings.

"This kid has an opportunity to be a very high quality pitcher," said Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen. "We put him in a lot of different situations and he's handled them very well. He's got a great future. He's pitching well for us."

Cishek left 22 tickets at the game for his friends and family.