Groveland’s Josh Creamer can finally learn baseball from his mentor on a near daily basis.
Creamer, a 2013 Pentucket graduate, has always tried to learn from big brother Peter but, with a five-year age difference, it hasn’t been easy.
This summer, however, it’s a piece of cake. For the first time in their lives, they’re playing together on not just one, but two teams.
With Peter serving as a player-coach, both are starters for the Newburyport Nationals in the North Shore Baseball League. And, when they have the time and it doesn’t conflict with the NSBL schedule, they also suit up for the Stoneham Sabers in the Yawkey League.
“It’s been great,” said Josh, who just completed an outstanding freshman season at Anna Maria College. “My whole life, I looked up to him and learned from him. When I got the chance to play with him, I jumped at the chance.”
Peter, who is a year removed from being an All-American at Eastern New Mexico, plays catcher and third base for the Nationals and bats cleanup while Josh is the second baseman and bats second.
Although they’re close as brothers, it’d be hard to tell that they’re related by watching them on the field. Peter is 6-foot-2, 230 pounds and the ultimate power hitter, slugging three home runs in a game two weeks ago while Josh is a 5-7, 155-pound contact hitter who hits for average.
“I’ve only hit one home run in my life and that was last year in Legion,” said Josh.
Personality-wise, they’re also opposites. Peter is more high strung and emotional, while Josh is anything but.
“My parents say we’re opposites,” said Josh. “I’m more laid back and let my playing do my talking.”