Had a chance to talk to Phil Hughes for a few minutes today when the clubhouse opened.
Two things strike you about him: He’s easily one of the most mature 20-year-olds you could hope to meet. Shakes your hand, looks you in the eyes, answers your questions in complete sentences. If anybody can handle the emotional aspects of being promoted, he can.
He’s also a big dude, bigger than he looks on television.
Hughes told me he was still mad at himself for not throwing more strikes against Toronto’s best hitters. They all took a strike against him and worked their way into favorable counts. He admitted he was nervous in the first inning. Who wouldn’t be?
Phil Franchise said he was looking forward to pitching in Texas in warm weather. “I learned more last night than I ever have,” he said. “It was a great experience.”
I hope for his sake it works out because he’s a good kid and he would be good for baseball in New York.