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Continued: Twins' Kevin Correia hoping that San Diego homecoming starts a turnaround

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 20, 2014 - 8:00 AM

One cousin, Steven Correia, is an artist internationally known for his work with glass sculpture — so famous that Correia Middle School, about five blocks from nearby Ocean Beach, was named for him. Kevin Correia owns a few pieces of his cousin’s work, though the two have met only at the family’s huge reunions.

“Everyone knows the Correias in Point Loma, because there’s so many of us,” he said, “and because my grandfather [Frank] owned a big tuna-fishing boat.” Dozens of relatives earned a living working for the family, going to sea for weeks at time and “jumping in the nets, throwing out dolphins, sharks, all kinds of stuff in there. I wouldn’t want to do it,” Correia said. “But it paid really well, so they all mostly did that instead of going to college.”

Correia, a gifted pitcher and shortstop when he was young, went another way. But he never lost his love of the sea, a passion that he can’t wait to pass on to his own three sons: Dane (5), Emmett (3) and Benjamin (1).

“We’re getting them used to the water, and we’ll get Dane on a boogie board in a year or two,” Correia said. “It’s hard, though, it takes some time to learn how to do it. You can’t learn it in a day. It takes at least a year before you can go out there and really ride.”

And he doesn’t have that kind of time at the moment. Baseball and surfing don’t really mix, though he has ridden waves with a few former Padres teammates such as Ryan Klesko, Brad Ausmus and Trevor Hoffman.

“I’m way better than them, though,” Correia said. “I still claim to be the best surfer in baseball. But I’m getting old. There’s probably some young guy out there who can really ride.”





 

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