Spring Training: Vinnie Pestano Mic’d Up

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Bullpen pitcher Vinnie Pestano let Fox 8 News put a mic on him for batting practice before he took the mound.

He showed off his singing skills, his favorite poets and his cooking skills.

"Baseball and good stories. That's what I bring to the table," he said.

His mindset is simple -- keep doing what he has been doing.

Spring Training can be a very relaxed time for players who have already earned a spot on the roster and just have to get back in the swing of things.

It can also be a very stressful time for players who are battling injuries or trying to earn a roster spot.

Pestano is coming off of a great 2011 season, but he knows not to take his job lightly.

Even though you see him singing his heart out, he knows he has a vital role to fill.

Which role that will be is up in the air.

Pestano is currently a set-up pitcher for the Tribe, but wants to be a closer one day.

He has been a closer since his early years of baseball and even during his time at Cal State Fullerton.

Now, he has a chance to be a closer with the Tribe.

Tribe closer Chris Perez suffered a left oblique muscle strain after throwing too hard in the opening weeks of Spring Training.

"I am trying not to let it affect what I do," Pestano said. "I am still working on stuff regardless of if I am setting up or closing the ninth inning."

For now, Pestano is going about Spring Training the same way he always does.

"It's not going to change what I need to work on during Spring Training," he said.

Indians Manager Manny Acta is confident that Perez will return before Opening Day, but if he doesn't, he is not worried.

"We have plenty of confidence in Vinnie," Acta said.

Opening Day is set for Thursday, April 5 at Progressive Field.

First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.

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