David Glaude was still a teenager when he attended the triumph of the Capitals in 2009, in the stands of the Municipal Stadium. Starting this Wednesday evening, he himself will have the opportunity to add a chapter to the rich history of the Quebec team, where he grew up, in a final against the Schaumburg Boomers.
“With the presence of Schaumburg in the final, we will finish the series at home and we can't wait,” Glaude can't help but dream.
En Indeed, the first two games of the final are scheduled in Illinois, while the Capitals will be back at home on Saturday for, at least, the third meeting of this series 3 of 5.
About 2009, when Glaude was then 14 years old, it was in the heyday of Pierre-Luc Laforest, Eric Gagné and Karl Gélinas, among others. Current manager Patrick Scalabrini was still contributing on the field, in addition to fulfilling the role of batting coach. He also thrilled the crowd in the final game of the final, during a 7-3 victory over the Worcester Tornadoes, with a resounding two-run homer in the second inning.
“I was in the stands when they won,” recalls Glaude. Now, to go to the final in this uniform, it's a small dream come true, but it's not over. We still have a big series to win. We want to take it all.”
The Boomers, who went 53-43 in the regular season, present a big challenge. They are also the defending champions of the Frontier League of baseball. Glaude, now 27, hopes for victory, perhaps more than any of his teammates.
“I think the last championship I won was was at the atom level, he notes. It's been a long time… In Midget AAA, we made it to the final twice with the Charlesbourg Condors, but we lost each time. Among the professionals, I had never passed the first round yet.
Having worn the colors of the Aigles de Trois-Rivières for three seasons in the defunct Can-Am League, Glaude was traded to the Capitals in November 2019, in return for T.J. White, who returned to Quebec in 2022. After a season in the uniform of Équipe Québec, a provisional team that played during the COVID-19 pandemic, Glaude could crown this first official season with the Capitals with a ring on her finger.
“Of course that would do good to win this championship, admits Glaude. Every year, the goal is to win. If we win the championship, that will mean everything to me.”
– In 89 games during the regular season, David Glaude posted an excellent batting average of .322, the best among players in the Uppercase letters. He also led the team with 78 runs scored, having also hit 16 home runs and had 27 stolen bases.
Les Capitales de Québec are aiming for a first league championship Frontier after being crowned seven times in the past in the Can-Am (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2017).
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