Forgot to mention this earlier, but I went to chat with Lance Pendleton earlier today, mostly just to find out what he ended up keeping as souvenirs from Friday’s major league debut (I’ve always thought it was interesting what guys choose as keepsakes).
As it turned out, Pendleton kept the ball from his first strikeout and “a few lineup cards,” he said, before mentioning that he’s currently keeping them all in his car. He added that he literally had to turn off his phone because he was getting so many calls and texts from “coaches, friends, neighbors, teammates, aunts, uncles, you name it.”
When I asked if his family was able to see his debut in person, Pendleton laughed. His wife was able to watch it live from one of the suites at the Stadium, but his 16-month-old son, David, was (thankfully) peacefully asleep in the family room downstairs while he was pitching.
When did little David wake up? “The entire ride back to New Jersey,” Pendleton said. “The traffic was pretty bad and (he is) teething so he had a little fever and was pretty miserable. He cried the whole time.”