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Phelps: “Your emotions don’t know what to do”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 05, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

When he got the news yesterday, David Phelps walked out of Joe Girardi’s office, through the middle of the Yankees clubhouse, grabbed the cell phone out of his locker, and made his way outside. There was no hint of a smile on his face, absolutely no indication that he’d just made the Yankees Opening Day roster.

“I wanted to just go out in the hallway and start screaming,” Phelps said before today’s workout at Tropicana Field. “You’ve seen in (the movie) Major League when Willie Mays Hayes makes it and goes out and just starts jumping around and screaming. That’s what you want to do. I went home, and your emotions don’t know what to do.”

When he got into the hallway, Phelps first phone call was to his wife, who gave birth to the couple’s first child just two weeks ago. Then he called his parents and his agent. His old high school summer league coach — who Phelps hasn’t seen since high school — called to say he’s coming to the games this weekend. Phelps will have his parents in the stands tomorrow night. His brother is getting down here Saturday. His wife’s family is coming over from Naples.

“People think about that you’ve put in so much work on the field and they’ve seen everything that you’ve done,” Phelps said. “But they don’t always see the people that are behind the scenes, what they’ve given up and what they’ve put in for it. That’s one of the biggest things for me. For my parents, my wife, my agent, all my friends, everything that they’ve given up for me so I can be in this position, I don’t take that lightly at all.”

As you can imagine, it never gets old talking to a guy who’s made a big league roster for the first time. They usually say a lot of the same things — they’re thankful, they’re overwhelmed, they’re waiting for it to sink in — but those things never sound cliche. Guys can’t help but be genuine when they’re dreams are coming true.

“So many times you think about going to the field,” Phelps said. “Lately it’s been Steinbrenner or the field in Scranton – and Scranton’s a nice ballpark – but (today) you pull up on the bus and it’s like, this is a Major League ballpark. You get out and you’re walking underneath, it’s like, oh my God. That’s not going to stop happening ever, probably. I get to go to work in a Major League baseball stadium, and get to play the game I love for a living. It’s awesome.”

 
 

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97 Responses to “Phelps: “Your emotions don’t know what to do””

  1. blake April 5th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Doesn’t sound like he cares about his development

  2. luis April 5th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    luis April 5th, 2012 at 7:03 pm
    Jf,

    Yes,he had better offensive numbers than Stewart. I do agree with you on that, but I think that he is not that important to the team. My beef is with the prospect we gave up to get him.

  3. MTU April 5th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Mission Impossible Man.

    You have completed the 1st part of your assignment.

    Go out and complete the mission.

    This post will destruct in 10 seconds.

    :)

  4. MTU April 5th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    And by the way.

    Congratulations !

    ;)

  5. Jerkface April 5th, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Doesn’t sound like he cares about his development

    They just want to play in the majors. Its up to the team to develop them the right way :twisted:

  6. Jerkface April 5th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    This Indians game is never going to end.

  7. luis April 5th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Blake,

    He made the team. If I were in his shoes I would be ecstatic. But I would have preferred for him to go down and be the first to be call up as a starter. Anyway, good for the kid.

  8. tomingeorgia April 5th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Nice story, Chad. Go Phelps!

  9. luis April 5th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    By the way JF, I used the word “understand” because I don’t agree with the move, but I do understand the motivation. In contrast with the trade of someone else that every day that passes by I find it more mind boggling than before.

  10. luis April 5th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Tom!,

    How are things on your end?

  11. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    lol, would love to have seen the normally placid Phelps hooting and hollering afterwards. Congrats to him.

  12. luis April 5th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Hi Yankeefem!,

    Yeah it’s good to see the kids making the team! I would have bet that Mitchell was the one making the team.

  13. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Hi Luis, they likely think Phelps is the more polished of the two, and they probably like his peripherals better. I like that DJ continues to get to start. I just hope he isn’t a trade chip.

  14. luis April 5th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    If history has any bearing on this….I wouldn’t hold my breath

  15. tomingeorgia April 5th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    luis,
    Things are good. Got an inn full of folks going to the Masters Tournament, which the bank is thankful for, and I’m tired. Electrical surge killed a refrigerator and freezer, five TVs, fax/printer, and a bunch of other things last Sunday. Spent the next few days replacing everything, and the electric company is paying for everything, which is why things are good. Ready for Baseball!

  16. MTU April 5th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Tom-

    You’ve got a lot of good young players to see in Charleston this year.

    That team is loaded.

    Enjoy.

    :)

  17. Duh Innings April 5th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Phelps just made the rookie minimum : ) What is it now and what would he make from it after taxes?

    Congrats Phelps!

    How cool is it to know that you not only made the Yankees but you will forever be in the history books as having played for them the moment you walk on the field and throw that first pitch? Expect Michael Kay to say something like that at least once this year, with his ridiculous “yuge” (huge). “This is a YUGE game fo Phelps.” LOL.

    LOL at Marcus Thames’s FIRST PITCH of his MLB career being a grandslam off Randy Johnson. I’m trying to think of a grander debut than that. How funny would it be if a kid’s first pitch was a hit by pitch and he charged the mound, benches clearing brawl etc? Say he was penciled in for ninth, his team smacked three homeruns off the starter, and the opposing starting pitcher was pissed about it. Didn’t Nova jaw at someone in his very first MLB start? Hehehe.

  18. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I just watched Dominic Brown flail on a Delcarmen changeup. This camera is pretty good for milb-tv.

  19. luis April 5th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Wow! Tom! At least some one is taking care of the bills :) if that happened down here, it would my check book taking care of it. Glad to hear that you have a full house!

  20. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    MTU April 5th, 2012 at 7:33 pm
    Tom-

    You’ve got a lot of good young players to see in Charleston this year.

    That team is loaded.

    Enjoy.
    ____
    Campos is pitching for them tomorrow.

  21. MTU April 5th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Tom-

    Not a bad way to start a season.

    ;)

  22. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Tom, I’ll bet in your line of work, you have many stories to tell.

  23. luis April 5th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    YF,

    When is Betances debut?

  24. blake April 5th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Can’t beat Vin Sculley

  25. Jerkface April 5th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Rajai davis just killed a rally by standing at the plate and gawking at his own failed bunt. Amazing.

    And Kershaw looks like he is going to die, Vin Scully said he has the flu and was ‘upchucking and pooping everywhere, you know the flu’

  26. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Luis, he is supposed to pitch tomorrow in Eastern Pennsylvania. It should be a cold, windy night. We’ll see how it affects him.

  27. Crawdaddy April 5th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    “Doesn’t sound like he cares about his development”

    There isn’t nothing to develop, he’s major league ready. He’s got over 500 minor league innings including playoff starts.

  28. Nick in SF April 5th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    “…Phelps first phone call was to his wife, who gave birth to the couple’s first child just two weeks ago.”

    This is the key: he’s a new father. Girardi is a sucker for players with little kids and players who were once little kids. I call it the Little Dante Syndrome.

    Montero should have knocked someone up while he was a Yankee; maybe he’d still be one today.

  29. tomingeorgia April 5th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    yankeefem, etal,

    I’ve got stories out the gazoo. Disasters always happen at the worst moments. How about a broken water pipe with a full house.

    I’ll be going down to Augusta to see the Riverdogs play the Green Jackets in a couple of weeks. I’ll let you know what i see.

  30. Jerkface April 5th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Montero should have knocked someone up while he was a Yankee; maybe he’d still be one today.

    Tabata tried to steal a child, but his scheme took too long to pay off and he was traded before nabbing the kid.

  31. Stoneburner April 5th, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Crawdaddy April 5th, 2012 at 7:47 pm
    “Doesn’t sound like he cares about his development”

    There isn’t nothing to develop, he’s major league ready. He’s got over 500 minor league innings including playoff starts.

    *******

    Exactly – but knowing this blog – they would C.C. back to AAA if they could if he had to work on some of his pitches during the season. . . . .What some call adjustments that all players and pitches need to make constantly at the mlb level – this blog sees as oh they need more development time -

  32. Jerkface April 5th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    With Phelps its not about development but about using him in the right role.

  33. Stoneburner April 5th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Jerkface April 5th, 2012 at 7:55 pm
    Montero should have knocked someone up while he was a Yankee; maybe he’d still be one today.

    Tabata tried to steal a child, but his scheme took too long to pay off and he was traded before nabbing the kid.

    *******

    What are you talking about??? It was Tabata’s wife – not Jose Tabata himself

    http://www.newser.com/story/96.....-baby.html

  34. Nick in SF April 5th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Don’t throw at Shin-Soo Choo! :mad:

    I hope Girardi gets more serious about protecting hit Yankee batters this season, and that includes future Yankees like Choo.

  35. blake April 5th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    “There isn’t nothing to develop, he’s major league ready. He’s got over 500 minor league innings including playoff starts.”

    I was joking…..but I wouldn’t expect him to care…..he just wants to go to the show. Whether its best for his career or not……we’ll see…

  36. Nick in SF April 5th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Relax, Stoneburner, Jerkface was employing waxed poetic license.

  37. Pat M. April 5th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    blake…….I’m with you, Vinny is the best ever…..

  38. Joe from Long Island April 5th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Tomingeorgia- I didn’t realize you’re an innkeeper. Sounds like you had one heck of a weekend. Glad you’re getting things back together, and best of luck to you.

  39. Stoneburner April 5th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Nick in SF April 5th, 2012 at 8:00 pm
    Relax, Stoneburner, Jerkface was employing waxed poetic license.

    *******

    I stand corrected. . . . .

  40. Jerkface April 5th, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    What are you talking about???

    Woosh.

  41. Stoneburner April 5th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Wow – Turley w/ 8 Ks already. . . . .

  42. Stoneburner April 5th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    And on another front – Melo just pulled a shot and a foul out of his &*^ – nice

  43. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    “Waxed poetic license” is too reasonable sounding.

    It must be possessive, and it must be plural:

    he must be “waxing his poetic s “.

  44. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Mason Williams tripled.

  45. Stoneburner April 5th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    It probably would be better if you go wax back on over to Pinestripes Plus, borrow other people’s opinions about prospects, and then come over here and make them your own. . . . .

  46. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Don’t blame me for your failures to employ the English language properly.

  47. Stoneburner April 5th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Wax on fanboys – another 24 hours to our next generational Montero vs. Pujols update. . . .

  48. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 8:17 pm
    Mason Williams tripled.
    ///

    :D
    Would that that game were watchable :( .

  49. blake April 5th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    “blake…….I’m with you, Vinny is the best ever”

    No doubt ….I don’t even like the Dodgers but I wind up watching a lot of their games

  50. Stoneburner April 5th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2012 at 8:20 pm
    Don’t blame me for your failures to employ the English language properly.

    *******

    Go back and read it – it was some guy from SF you were quoting. . . . .man you even overreact to people’s posts. . . . .

  51. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Lineup is sick.

  52. blake April 5th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Mason gonna climb the charts fast

  53. Pat M. April 5th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Man, Flash Gordon’s kid can sure pick it at short…..Kid’s going to be real good for a long time….

  54. Jerkface April 5th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Holy cow did anyone see that Dee Gordon play?

  55. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    blake, climb? More like fly; the kid has wings.

  56. Stoneburner April 5th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2012 at 8:21 pm
    yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 8:17 pm
    Mason Williams tripled.
    ///

    Would that that game were watchable .

    ******

    Oh the irony – let us deconstruct that sentence shall we class. . . . .

  57. Nick in SF April 5th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    :grin:

    http://dribbble.com/system/use.....1327532445

  58. blake April 5th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Yea…dee is good….he needs to put on a few lbs though….

  59. Jerkface April 5th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Oh the irony – let us deconstruct that sentence shall we class

    Thats actually pretty classic verbiage.

  60. Nick in SF April 5th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Dee is the real Flash!

  61. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Early Modern English with subjunctive usage. Sounds good to me.

  62. tomingeorgia April 5th, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Stoneburner,
    Parses perfectly.

  63. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Jerkface April 5th, 2012 at 8:27 pm
    Oh the irony – let us deconstruct that sentence shall we class

    Thats actually pretty classic verbiage.
    ///

    yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 8:28 pm
    Early Modern English with subjunctive usage. Sounds good to me.
    ///

    ;)

  64. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    tomingeorgia April 5th, 2012 at 8:29 pm
    Stoneburner,
    Parses perfectly.
    ///

    tomingeorgia, as an inkeeper, you ever get Falstaff types hanging out?

  65. Betsy April 5th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Tom Gordon’s son is in the big leagues? LOL Boy that makes me feel old …but I love seeing sons of former players make it to the big time; it’s very cool.

  66. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    *innkeeper, :D

  67. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

  68. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Alas, “the girl” was a Red Sux fan.

  69. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    As is the author, Stephen King.

  70. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 8:37 pm
    Alas, “the girl” was a Red Sux fan.
    //

    Nevertheless, when he was with us, I’d get pumped to Purple Haze and then silently implore him to help get the lost little girl safely out of the woods :(

  71. blake April 5th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Charleston’s game got called after Mason’s triple I think….

  72. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I forgot that; I liked that Gordon’s walk out music was Purple Haze.

  73. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    blake, they figured Mason was just getting warmed up and it just wasn’t fair?

  74. tomingeorgia April 5th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    JAP,
    We get all types, but at the prices I charge, they’re usually civil. I’ve go two rules for this place: I pour the first glass of wine, then they’re on their own. Rule two: Don’t make me call the cops. Our Masters crowd are usually mostly Brits. This year, we’ve got two Welshmen, a Scot and a Northern Irishman. Good crowd.

  75. blake April 5th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    YF,

    probably….I wish Sally game were televised

  76. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    blake, me too; however, the Dogs’ games at Lexington actually will be televised (at the end of April.) :)

  77. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    On milb-tv, that is.

  78. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    tomingeorgia April 5th, 2012 at 8:42 pm
    JAP,
    We get all types, but at the prices I charge, they’re usually civil. I’ve go two rules for this place: I pour the first glass of wine, then they’re on their own. Rule two: Don’t make me call the cops. Our Masters crowd are usually mostly Brits. This year, we’ve got two Welshmen, a Scot and a Northern Irishman. Good crowd.
    ///

    It must be interesting, having different people coming through all the time, some repeats, I imagine. We rent to college students for part of the year (grad students, mostly), and I enjoy their energy, although we like our privacy. Falstaff of course, was occasionally bankrolled by a prince, although he never ventured too far outside of Eastcheap, I guess….

  79. tomingeorgia April 5th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    JAP,
    I’ve removed all the arrases.

  80. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 8:41 pm
    I forgot that; I liked that Gordon’s walk out music was Purple Haze.
    ///

    That’s my fondest memory. My worst was the postgame after we beat Minnesota in 2004 ALDS. He got hit in the eye with a champagne cork, as I recall, and Rivera had that family emergency that ended up being a tragedy. And Gordon made that unfortunate remark, something like “We carry ourselves like champions, and they (Boston) shoot their mouths off, ” or something like that. I cringed, and I’m sure Jeter, Rivera, and Posada and Torre read him the riot act for it. I was going to say Pettitte, but of course, he was in Houston. Had he not been, we would have won that series; we were short one LHP :(

  81. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    tomingeorgia April 5th, 2012 at 8:53 pm
    JAP,
    I’ve removed all the arrases.
    ///

    LOL. You won’t get the Danish prime minister, in that case, since he won’t be able to spy on anyone.

  82. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    yankeefeminista April 5th, 2012 at 8:46 pm
    blake, me too; however, the Dogs’ games at Lexington actually will be televised (at the end of April.)
    ////

    :droolingemoticon: :D

  83. RhapsodyInBlue April 5th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Congratulations David Phelps go get them kid.

  84. tomingeorgia April 5th, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    JAP,
    Last year we had the Dutch consul and Minister of Health, but they weren’t peeking.

  85. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue April 5th, 2012 at 9:02 pm
    Congratulations David Phelps go get them kid.
    ///

    hear, hear.

  86. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    tom,

    Interesting. I’ve known some Dutch folks, very relaxed :D .

  87. m April 5th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I left when it was 1-0 Detroit. Looks like a lot happened after that. The bullpen reared its ugly head in Game 1. Hoot! Hoot!

  88. Nick in SF April 5th, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    “Our Masters crowd are usually mostly Brits. This year, we’ve got two Welshmen, a Scot and a Northern Irishman. Good crowd.”

    A buddy and I once played golf at the New Course in St. Andrews, we were paired with a couple English guys. There’s a par 3 where the green is close to the next hole’s tee box. You’re not supposed to tee off until the group ahead is clear from that hole’s tee box. In this case the group ahead was all Japanese.

    I didn’t know the rule that and addressed my ball. One of our English playing partners cautioned me to wait, but then he stared towards the Japanese group again, turned to me, and said “Of course, no Scottish jury would convict you…”

  89. m April 5th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Stan Van Gundy said today that Dwight Howard wants him fired. And now the Magic are getting blown out by the Knicks. What a mess.

  90. blake April 5th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Maybin just hit one about 2 miles.

  91. Nilsson April 5th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    m April 5th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Stan Van Gundy said today that Dwight Howard wants him fired. And now the Magic are getting blown out by the Knicks. What a mess.

    ———————————————————————————-

    Happy the Knicks won, but it was brutal to see Howard go through the motions in tonight’s game.

  92. Stoneburner April 5th, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Oh fan boys – who will you rip off from Pinestripes Plus tonight with your alleged prospect analysis – maybe PhilinLA – what poster’s analysis will you borrow from and make it your own and wax poetics about prospects you either see once a year or perhaps not all except for the box scores of milb.com. . . . oh fan boys secret club click. . . . .

  93. GreenBeret7 April 5th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Williams triple will stand. The game was suspended. They don’t end games because of rain before they’re official in the minors. They suspend them. still tied for the league lead in triples and hitting 1.000

  94. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Yes, I’m going to come in here and wax my poetics on Dellin Betances tomorrow night, after I pretend to go to Pennsylvania to see him pitch, and rip off Patrick Teale’s observations, even though he very likely isn’t going to be there.

  95. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    By the way, is Pinestripes(sic) Plus a new Michael Pineda fanzine?

  96. MTU April 5th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    New thread —–>

  97. GreenBeret7 April 5th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    OK, fanboys and fangirls, here’s where yourfavorite prospects are playing. Stoneburner has been dropped from the top 20 list because he didn’t want a bunch of slugs following him around and doesn’t think anybody should talk about him.

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=nyy


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