Obviously, tomorrow’s game is a little more interesting than today’s. Tomorrow, the Yankees play the Phillies. That’s a good big league team, and that’s going to feel more like a real game. Today the Yankees play South Florida, and whatever Yankees regulars get in the game will be gone after an at-bat or two.
But, it’s an actual baseball game. And we’ve all been waiting a long time for this.
“It’s my first outing against batters in a game situation, so I’m just trying to get comfortable,” said Yankees starter Adam Warren. “Just try to throw strikes and take it as a learning process. I’m not trying to put a bunch of pressure on me. Obviously it’s the first time, but I’m going to go out there and compete and just try to feel my way in my first game situation.”
Warren knows he’s a longshot to make the big league roster. The Yankees added enough starting pitching this winter that they’re clearly planning to store Warren — and several other quality arms — in Triple-A when the season starts. But Warren also knows that every big league team needs more than five starters. If he’s not playing for a spot out of camp, he’s surely playing for a spot at some point.
“I want to make a good impression,” Warren said. “I feel like this is our time to show we can handle this. I do want to make a good impression, but at the same time, I’ve got to get ready for the season so I don’t want to sit there and just not throw a certain pitch because I’m not 100 percent comfortable or something like that. I’ve still got to work on everything and make sure I’m ready for the season. But I still want to try to impress.”
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