Nick Nelson talks about getting called up to Yankees
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG) -Nick Nelson got the big call Saturday night from the Yankees, and he is now a part of the team’s 30 man roster. He will be sporting the jersey number 79, thus becoming the first Yankee to wear that number.
Nick spoke to us late Sunday night after his first game with with the team, during which he didn’t pitch. I asked Nick to start with how he got the word he was being added to the Yank’s 30 man roster. He said it came while he was watching the team’s game against the Nationals Saturday.
“Yeah I was watching the game” Nick said “and I saw how many pitchers they were using so I was kind of thinking like wow it would be crazy if I got a call tomorrow (Sunday) saying like hey we need an extra picture here. Like come on up. But I didn’t think it was going to happen. And I was watching the game, and they came and knocked on my door and they were like ‘hey what are you doing?' I said I’m like watching the Yankee game. And they said ‘well pack up your stuff you’re heading to DC tomorrow.' So it was pretty cool.”
As for getting much sleep after getting the word?
“I don’t know because last (Saturday) night, I think I got three hours of sleep. The car service left at 6:30 a.m., and I found out at 9:30 last night. I didn’t go to bed till like two. I woke up at five. I was trying to make sure I had everything in my hotel room packed up. I didn’t want to forget anything. I don’t know if I’ll be able to sleep tonight. I’m pretty tired, but once I lay down, I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep at all,” said Nelson.
NIck says even though he pitched the Sunday before in an exhibition against the Phillies at Yankee Stadium, and pitched very well, he still felt rather nervous heading to join the team in D.C.
“So I guess as we started getting closer, I started shaking and getting nervous and what not. We were about 10 minutes out, and I can’t stop shaking. I got this feeling in my stomach. And we got there and I went out and stretched. Went back inside, got dressed. Went out to the game, and I’m sitting there looking around like wow! And every time the phone rang I started like getting jittery and what not. Wondering if it was gonna be you know I guess my time!”
Again Nelson did not get the opportunity to pitch Sunday against the Nationals. He was hoping he would make his MLB debut Monday in a game against the Phillies in Phildadelphia, but that game was postponed after the Marlins, who just left Philly after a season opening series there, had a dozen players and coaches test positive for COVID. So Nick’s debut will have to wait at least another day.
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