New York Yankees
As reliever Steve Garrison ran from the bullpen to the mound at Yankee Stadium to make his major league debut, the rookie realized his eyes had been deceived.
"You don't realize how long that jog is from the bullpen all the way to the mound. Halfway there, I'm like, man, OK. The adrenaline is pumping and everything like that, the heart beat is going and your heart is racing," Garrison said. "It's definitely a great feeling running by all these great players and knowing you got the Yankees behind you is a really great feeling."
Garrison made his MLB Debut with a scoreless 2/3 of an inning in the Yankees 10-3 win Monday night. Garrison, a native of Ewing Township, N.J., recorded two fly outs to end the game.
"I'm glad I was able to get in there," Garrison said. "It's a great time."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he planned to use Garrison when there were no base runners so he made the call to the bullpen with one out and no men on in the ninth. Before Garrison started his warmup pitches, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said to Garrison that it's just another game with more fans. Garrison had a quick response.
"Yeah, but a little bit better defense," Garrison quipped.
The lefty said it was a special feeling to have Hall-of-Fame caliber players like Jeter around him. Before he pitched, he told himself to take a deep breath as there was no pressure and called it an honor being able to pitch for the Yankees. He retired Justin Smoak for the first out of his career on a fly ball to left and ended the game by getting Franklin Gutierrez on a fly ball to right.
While Garrison was primarily a starter in the minors, he wouldn't mind continuing to make the jog from the bullpen to the mound in the future.
"It's something I'll gladly do again, if they want me to," Garrison said. "It was a great time and a great feeling."