Monday, May 13, 2013
It's Yankee Rookie Starter Day in America, the rare day when the Yankees start a pitcher up from the farm - just to see what will happen
Posted by el duque at 8:51 AM
Nuno pitched two weeks ago in relief, hurling two shutout innings, although some balls were hit so hard they bounced off the walls, and the outfielders threw out runners trying to take extra bases. Haven't seen him since. But his cholesterol count looked great in Scranton, and the guy throws strikes - at least he did before sitting in the toaster oven for two weeks.
Once every season, the Yankees start a rookie pitcher from their farm system, just to see what will happen. It's like kids dropping firecrackers into manholes. It'll probably wind up with somebody in trouble, but, hey - it's fun.
Last year, it was Adam Warren. He lasted two innings. In 2011, Hector Noesi won the honor. The list of sacrificial lambs - I mean, Yankee luminaries - includes Willie Banks, Sam Militello, Clay Christienson, Jim Deshaies, Alfredo Aceves, Kei Igawa, Sean Henn, Jeff Karstens, Alex Graman, Jorge De Paula, and Brandon Claussen. It extends back to Gil Blanco in 1965. And don't get me wrong: You don't develop pitchers unless you give the ball to a rookie now and then. That list also includes Andy Pettitte, Chien-Ming Wang, Ian Kennedy and Phil Hughes.
Still, it is a special day - a rare moment in the Yankiverse - when a Yankee rookie pitcher starts. It's like that scene in the Lion King when Simba is hoisted above his father's arms, for the animal kingdom to cheer.
Let us celebrate Vidal Nuno Day in the Yankiverse. Who knows what will happen? And hakuna mutata, everybody!