The future begins now
Those of us who were in Spring Training with the Yankees this spring got to see a little bit of a sneak peek: he’s got Major League type stuff and should be able to handle this level for years to come, although his 7.71 spring ERA suggested that he was overthrowing a little.
It was a smart move for the Yankees to eventually tell Hughes he wasn’t going to make the club, so at least he could come to peace with that in his mind and focus on what he needed to work on before moving across the street to the Himes Ave. Minor League complex.
I spent a little time Wednesday chatting with Hughes, who selected uniform No. 65 for his start. He was a little surprised when I asked him if he was allowed to wear it, but as Sean Henn – his locker neighbor – told him, not everyone on the team is allowed to wear such high numbers.
Henn wore No. 62 in Spring Training and had to switch to No. 34; Darrell Rasner had to give up No. 61 in favor of No. 27, and Jeff Karstens showed up at Fenway Park wearing No. 17 after donning No. 58 in the spring.
Hughes said he was offered a few other numbers but asked if he could keep the No. 65 he’d been wearing all along. Seems that already there are special exceptions for what the Yankees feel will be a special pitcher.
Going to the game tonight? Planning to watch? What are your expectations?