He was one of, if not the greatest pitcher that Cape Ann has ever seen.
Today, Rusty Tucker has finally come home.
The Gloucester High School legend spent the better part of the 2000s honing his craft in Minor League ballparks across the country, seeking that shot at the Bigs. While he never quite became a regular hurler on a Major League roster, Tucker cherishes the experiences he had during those years. Those Bull Durham-like bus rides never truly got old for this particular lefty.
Tucker spent time in the Padres, White Sox, Red Sox and Brewers organizations and racked up over 100 career saves as a pro.
The 31-year-old finally decided to move back to Gloucester with his wife Beth (also a Gloucester native) and 4-month old baby and arrived on June 1 after spending eight years in Arizona. Soon he will be starting his new career as pitching coach for Legends Baseball, which showcases young talent.
What prompted you to get involved with Legends?
Well I was out of baseball, playing, coaching or otherwise for two years and I just missed it so much. It was tough after all the experiences I had with the game over the years. I thought it was the right thing to do at this point in my life. It's very exciting to be involved again. One of the big things with them is that they already have such a great team of coaches in place. It was a good fit.
Does it seem that long ago that you were pitching at Gloucester High?
It doesn't seem that long ago at all. It all went by so fast it's really a blur. Being back in town, driving by the fields, it's a good feeling to be back home.
Did you always think you would get into coaching?