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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 12-06-2018

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | DECEMBER 6-12, 2018 CUMBERLAND 21 CUMBERLAND – From always wanting to be a big league baseball player to taking some detours in life, Cumberland resident Mike Roose had an epiphany in 2004 that started him on his track to becoming the athletic performance coordinator and Major League strength & conditioning coach of the Boston Red Sox. This season's Red Sox were sup- posed to be good, but no one knew how good, except for the people that came up in the organization. Roose was a strength and conditioning coach in the minor leagues, but was eventu- ally promoted to the Red Sox's Minor League coordinator, where he oversaw all six of the organization's affiliates and worked with such players as Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Matt Barnes, Christian Vazquez, Xander Bogaerts, and Rafael Devers. Fast forward to 2018, specifically Game 5 of the World Series on Oct. 28. Roose had a front row seat to the culmination of all his work. He was leaning over the rail in the dugout at Dodger Stadium, standing next to Ian Kinsler, Mitch Moreland, and Brandon Workman, when Chris Sale fired the final strike to finish off a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and clinch the team's fourth world championship since 2004. "I ran out onto the field," he said. "I even snuck up on the stage during the trophy presentation. There are pictures of me as I was caught rolling around the outfield with my son." Roose was born in Pawtucket, but grew up in Cumberland, playing baseball. He said his best position was catcher, and he also played the infield growing up, either at second or third base. He was a Red Sox fan, but also grew up in the '90s when the Atlanta Braves were good and televised nationwide on TBS, so he followed them as well. After high school, Roose first tried to play baseball for a Division II school in North Carolina, but decided to transfer to the University of Rhode Island and moved back to Pawtucket. Not sure what he was doing with his life, commuting to URI from Pawtucket, and not taking school too seriously, the 9/11 attacks happened. Roose decided that his best option at that time was to join the military. He ended up doing four tours in Iraq, but baseball was never far from his mind. "It was always on my mind," he said. "I would get full nine-on-nine baseball games in the middle of the desert in Iraq. We would use an ax handle for a bat and I think we made a ball out of duct tape." Being out in the middle of the desert for long periods of time, he said there wasn't much to do, so he built a gym as a way of escaping and started to read a lot of fitness and sports training magazines and books, studying how to make the body stronger and better. "My third tour was in 2004 when the Red Sox broke the curse," he said. "It kind of kept me going in the desert. A lot of guys in my unit were from New York and Pennsylvania, so there was a lot of trash talking going on." He continued, "That year made me realize that nothing is impossible. It was a spark. I had definitely been thinking about baseball and going Cumberland's Roose takes long road from Pawtucket to Boston Red Sox's strength and conditioning coach By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com Cumberland's MIKE ROOSE, center, who is the strength and conditioning coach of the Boston Red Sox, is in the middle of the team's celebration after the Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, in Game 5 of the World Series on Oct. 28. See ROOSE, Page 32 Lunch Buffet Served 7 Days a Week Wednesday Dinner Buffet 1800 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI 02864 401-475-3379 ribiryani.com Lunch Buffet Mon-fri 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Dinner Mon-thurs 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.; fri-Sat 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Sunday 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Signature Biryani, specialities in Mild and Tandoor Food Monday - Thursday Lunch Buffet $ 2 Off With this coupon. Dine in only. 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