Cowgill showered with attention over slam

Cowgill showered with attention over slam

NEW YORK -- Collin Cowgill is a gregarious fellow, so he does not mind the attention. But even the outgoing Cowgill was somewhat taken aback by how much exposure he received after hitting an Opening Day grand slam in his first game with the Mets.

"It's definitely different," Cowgill said, fielding more than a half-dozen interview requests in 30 minutes on Wednesday afternoon. "I'm not really used to it, but it's been great. It's been a pleasant experience."

Cowgill has in turn embraced New York City, spending his off-day relaxing with his father and brother, who are in town for the opening series. A day later, Cowgill was back atop the lineup, playing center field and leading off against the Padres.

He hopes he is able to parlay his playing time into even more celebrity -- up to a certain point.

"As long as it's positive," Cowgill said, laughing. "It's nice after a good game. Hopefully after my bad games I don't get as much attention."

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.