He'd take a ring over a starring role

Being overshadowed -- even as a starting shortstop -- nothing new for Scutaro

Updated: March 22, 2010, 3:26 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- "I'll tell you a funny story,'' Marco Scutaro said.

This was his first day in the big leagues, a midseason call-up from the Mets' Triple-A team in Norfolk, Va.

He'd flown to Cincinnati to join the big club, but because most of the Mets were registered in the hotel under assumed names, he couldn't get in touch with Edgardo Alfonzo, a fellow Venezuelan and the player on the team he knew best.

It was a Sunday day game, so he went into the hotel coffee ...

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