Pineda after the final pitch and what Felix told him
Apr 13, 2011, 6:53 AM | Updated: 9:30 am
Michael Pineda delivered in his home debut, going 7 1/3 innings, giving up one earned run on five hits while striking out seven and walking two.
This is a kid we are going to get to know because he wants us to. He tackles the interviews as gamely as he does the opposing hitters. After his first big league win I sat him down for his first post-game one-on-one radio interview. His left hand was swollen from getting hit earlier in the game but no matter he said, it was his left hand. “If it was my right hand I would pitch too,” he added.
>>Listen: Pineda’s reaction after win
He had just been presented with the game ball. On it was his name and the date of his first win. What was he going to do with it?
“I am going to call home and tell them all about it,” he said. “Then tomorrow have all of my teammates sign it.”
He then placed the ball in his locker and turned his focus to the interview. He talked about pitching at home for the first time, his confidence in his fastball, how it felt to get a beer and chocolate milk shower from his teammates and what Felix Hernandez told him when he returned to the dugout after his final pitch. Give it a listen and start to get to know Michael Pineda.