Whether you’re the newest member of the D-backs’ pitching staff or, in my situation, the team’s new publications director, being a fresh face around the ballpark can be a whirlwind of excitement and anxiousness, especially in your first official week in the Majors.
Granted, my eight-year stint in the Phoenix Suns’ (NBA) digital and publishing department is a bit different than pitcher Bryan Shaw’s transition to the big league mound. Selected by the D-backs in the second round of the 2008 draft, the 23-year-old right-hander was called up by Arizona a week ago Friday to make his debut in Florida.
“I was in shock,” said Shaw, who posted a 4-1 record, 10 saves and a 2.37 ERA in Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno this season. “I was confused at first. I didn’t realize the D-backs were in Miami, so I couldn’t figure out why I was going there until I found out that was where we were playing next. That was cool.”
Pitching one scoreless inning against the Marlins in his first-career game, Shaw gave up two walks but recorded his first career K, striking out outfielder Scott Cousins.
“The best advice I’ve gotten here is to not change anything,” the pitcher said. “Keep it all the same, and throw strikes. Everybody’s trying to help me out, and I’m trying to follow the examples of the guys who have been here for a bit.
“The team has been playing well. I’m just looking to come in and contribute in a positive way and help this team get to a playoff spot.”
And as for his new, yet still-comfortable Major League surroundings…
“This is all a dream come true,” Shaw said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling.”
Yes, it is.
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