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June 23, 2013

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It didn’t seem like much when the Boston Red Sox acquired Mike Carp from the Seattle Mariners for cash in late February.

But Carp has contributed in a big way.

The first baseman/outfielder entered Friday batting .324 with a .379 on-base percentage, .686 slugging percentage, 8 homers, 25 RBIs, 10 doubles and 2 triples in just 105 at-bats.

His potential was clear in 2011 when he belted 12 homers and knocked in 46 runs in just 290 at-bats for the Mariners. But he struggled last year, dealing with a shoulder sprain.

Carp recently went one-on-one with Eagle-Tribune baseball reporter Christopher “Smitty” Smith.

Smitty: I have heard one of your many tattoos honors your former Mariners teammate and good friend Greg Halman (who was stabbed to death by his brother in the Netherlands in November 2011).

Carp: He actually had this tattoo on him, and I thought it was one of the coolest ones I’d ever seen. It’s a baseball with a globe in it and it says, “My World.”

It has meaning to us, especially him coming from Amsterdam and playing in the States. But I’ve played in the Dominican, Venezuela, played in Hawaii, played in Canada and Japan so it’s kind of a global thing for me, too.

Smitty: How have you gotten the chance to play in so many different countries?

Carp: Just getting opportunities to play — winter ball and last year we (the Mariners) opened up in Japan.

Smitty: What has been the best place you’ve visited while playing?

Carp: I think the Dominican was the most eye-opening. We went basically for a second instructional league (with the Mets) and they put us up with the (Dominican) players. They basically put us into their life.

We stayed at the Academy with the players and all the food was prepared and cooked from that area. And just spent a lot of time getting to know those guys, hanging out and seeing how they’re brought up and how they play the game.

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