The key player in the CC Sabathia trade last week, Matt LaPorta, has already gained "hero" status, at least on his Akron, Ohio team.
Yesterday, with the Akron Aeros trailing 2-1 with two outs in the top of the ninth inning in Reading, PA., left fielder Matt LaPorta hit a 2-run homer to beat the Phillies in Class AA ball.
This was LaPorta's first home run with his new team.
Being plucked into star status as the key player in the big trade certainly has not bothered the talented LaPorta, at least not visibly. In fact, he seems to favor the burden of knowing he is the future of the Cleveland Indians...Go Baby, Go!