Colin Curtis had played some college ball at Chase Field, so he knew just how deep that outfield was. When he swung in the eighth inning last night, he knew he got enough of the ball possibly send it over the center fielder’s head.
“I knew I hit it good and started running,” he said. “I saw it get over his head and just kind of, whew, deep breath and kind of exhale. Standing on second and seeing all the guys, kind of got a big smile across my face. Been playing your whole life and you finally get that first one. It’s a really good feeling.”
A smile? Aren’t you supposed to play it cool in a moment like that?
“I didn’t think I could,” Curtis said. “You only get one so you might as well enjoy it.”
Curtis joined Kevin Russo, Greg Golson and Chad Huffman to become the fourth Yankee to get his first big league hit this season. Perhaps more impressively, he became the seventh member of the Yankees 2006 draft class to reach the big leagues. Ian Kennedy, Joba Chamberlain, Mark Melancon, Dan McCutchen, Dave Robertson and Russo also came out of that class. So did minor leaguers Zach McAllister, George Kontos, Tim Norton and Dellin Betances, all of whom have at least a solid chance of making the big leagues.
Last night, though, the stage belonged to the fourth-rounder Curtis.
“That was awesome,” Alex Rodriguez said. “Him going to school here at Arizona State, I think everybody was really happy. And that kid can hit.”
Here’s Curtis talking about the big hit.
Associated Press photo of Curtis with Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada.