The 'Start' of Something Big?

Every time a player makes his major league debut, you could be seeing a future Hall of Famer.

I remember when this guy with an unusual name came up with the Yankees. "What the heck is a Mattingly?" I wondered. "Sounds like an adverb more than a major league player." Well, we now know who Don Mattingly was and is -- arguably the most beloved living retired Yankee after Yogi Berra.

When another player with another unusual -- but made-for-stardom -- moniker arrived on the scene, it was with a lot of media hype. And Derek Jeter now is on the verge of having more career hits than the one and only Cal Ripken, Jr.

When I got tickets about a month ago tonight's game (June 29) at the Stadium versus the White Sox, like most fans, I started wondering who my daughter Elissa and I would see on the pitcher's mound to start the game.

This week, the rude awakening was that both Andy Pettitte and C.C. Sabathia went on the DL (disabled list). When I went to the Yankees website earlier today, I was taken aback to find that the starting pitcher would be Adam Warren, MAKING HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT ... IN A YANKEE UNIFORM ... AT THE STADIUM. Check it out here on the Yankees site:

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Bruce Apar July 03, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Caveat Reader: The above post was written Friday, June 29, prior to that evening's Yankee game. Derek Jeter indeed surpassed Cal Ripken, Jr. on the all-time hits list, and Adam Warren's major league debut was destined to become de butt of jokes as the Bombers bombed big-time, getting socked by the ChiSox 14-7.


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