July 28, 2008 - Eastern League (EL) - Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Binghamton Mets infielder Emmanuel Garcia has been given the opportunity to represent his country in the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China as a member of Canada\'s baseball team.
Garcia was added to the team to replace Pete Orr, who was called up to the Major Leagues by the Washington Nationals. The Montreal, Quebec native departed early this morning to join his teammates in Toronto, where they will be honored before a Toronto Blue Jays home game on Wednesday. Thursday, the squad will head to Durham, North Carolina where they will play four exhibition games against Team USA before departing for Beijing on Wednesday, August 6th. Canada\'s first Olympic contest will be against host nation China on Wednesday, August 13th.
Garcia\'s teammates include former Major League pitchers Chris Reitsma and Rheal Cormier. Fellow Eastern League players T.J. Burton (Akron), Brooks McNiven (Connecticut) and Matt Rogelstad (Harrisburg) will also be on the squad.
An infielder, the 22-year-old Garcia is hitting .250 with 4 homers and 38 RBIs in 96 games for the B-Mets. He missed part of spring training this season to play for Canada in an Olympic Qualifying tournament in Taiwan.
Tonight, the Binghamton Mets open a homestand against the Connecticut Defenders at 6:05 p.m. with the completion of a suspended game followed by the regularly-scheduled contest.