In the Yankees clubhouse, Dellin Betances shares a locker with Greg Golson. It’s in the far corner of the room, in a row with a lot of the other September call-ups. Last night, Betances stood at that locker and spoke plainly about a Major League debut that didn’t go as planned.
“My heartbeat was pumping so fast,” he said. “But it was great to go out there. Unfortunately I didn’t do my job the way I wanted to. Hopefully I get another chance, and I’m just happy to be in this situation. Just being from New York, it’s a great thing to do, but I know I’ve got a lot of work to do to get where I know I can pitch.”
Both Betances and Andrew Brackman debuted last night. Brackman pitched 1.1 scoreless innings. Betances pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing two runs on four walks and a hit batter.
“I was telling both of them,” Joe Girardi said. “‘Try to relax and have as much fun as you can.’ It’s not easy, and we’ve all had butterflies. Sometimes you have a successful first outing, and sometimes you don’t, whether you’re a pitcher or a position player. You don’t make too much of it. Try to take it in. The hardest thing for a player to do in that situation is control his emotions. When you’re having a hard time controlling your emotions and relaxing, sometimes things can go wrong.”
Betances admitted that controlling his emotions was difficult, especially in this city, in that stadium.
“It was definitely hard,” he said. “I tried to go out there and do the best I could, and unfortunately that wasn’t the case. I was happy to get the first one out of the way, and a lot of the guys had my back, so that was nice to hear from the Captain and A-Rod and Robinson Cano. A lot of guys came up to me and (said), ‘Just get them next time.’”
Brackman was happy with his fastball, but his curveball wasn’t sharp.
“Each time we went to different cities – Seattle, Anaheim – I envisioned myself running out of the bullpen,” Brackman said. “Once we got home, I was like, it would be great to make (my debut) here at the stadium. No matter how it went — whether it went good, whether it went bad — it was just fun to be out there.”
And here’s Brackman.
Don’t forget, I’m hosting a chat today at noon. Hope to see you all there!
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