NORFOLK, VA. (WAVY) – If a new-look Norfolk Tides club has anyone they can lean on to help them out of their early-season funk, it would be outfielder Quintin Berry.
Through a professional career that started in 2003, the 29-year old Berry has been there, done that, and has just about seen it all. He’s played minor league baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers.
Berry maybe made his biggest career splash in 2012, when he had 75 hits, 29 runs batted in and 21 stolen bases in 94 games playing for the Tigers. He played in the World Series that same season, when the eventual champ-San Francisco Giants swept the Tigers.
“Guys like that, when winning teams want to acquire you, you’re valuable,” says Tides Manager.
Though he only played in 13 games for the Boston Red Sox a season ago, he did something many players spend their whole careers trying for. He joined a dog pile near the pitchers mound, celebrating a world series championship after the Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to win their first fall classic at Fenway Park in 95 years.
“Every seat was packed, everybody was on their feet,” remembers Berry, “We had nothing but music jumping, our team was so electrifying, and everybody had so much energy.
“It was a great opportunity and a great moment to be a part of.”