Eddie McCabe’s first week of last August wasn’t atypical for a Division 1 college baseball player from New England.
The Georgetown University shortstop from Norwalk, Conn., had just completed his first collegiate summer with the Danbury Westerners, but his All-Star efforts in the New England Collegiate Baseball League earned him a call to join the Orleans Firebirds for a “cup of coffee” at the tail end of the Cape Cod Baseball League’s 44-game regular season.
Though McCabe doesn’t check off every box of the ultimate New England dream scenario as a lifelong New York Yankees fan, the opportunity to get a first taste of America’s top summer circuit just a few hours from home was one he had long hoped for during his career.
“That’s the goal of so many guys who want to play baseball through their future,” said McCabe, a team-leading .345 hitter with five home runs and 32 RBI as a Hoyas sophomore. “You only get that kind of experience for a short time, especially where I was only there for a couple of days last year. Being around that atmosphere and some of the best names in college baseball was definitely a blessing, so I just wanted to take it in, have fun and do my thing.”