Saturday, June 6 was Matthew's MLB debut! It was so much fun :) The whole family (mine and his) drove down to Cincinnati for the game. It was against the Chicago Cubs and there were actually a lot of Cubs fans there... the game was sold out. It was very cool to see a packed stadium for his debut.
He was not nervous at all- as usual. The kid does not get crazy nerves at all. He flew to Cincinnati Friday morning before his start. He said he thought he might be a little nervous to go into the clubhouse, but when he got there, all the boys welcomed him like he'd been there the whole time. He said it was really cool to be with his buddies that he'd played with before, D-Ray, Paul, Jay, Dickie, Ryan... said he felt very at-home with all of them there. He was impressed with the older guys being so supportive and welcoming too. So, that was great to hear.
Matt's start was fantastic! He pitched 6+ solid innings with SUCH composure- I was so impressed. He is such a battler and so in control all the time- thats why we compliment each other so well, I think... cause I'm pretty high-stress most of the time...
When Matt came out, it was awesome that his relieving pitcher was D-Ray (his best man). That was so cool to watch. D-Ray said he came out of the bullpen and was just thinking, "Theres no way any of these guys are getting on base..."
Matt was pretty tired after his start so we didn't go out and get crazy. He was so happy. I can't even describe it. He had a ball out there and I'm psyched to watch him pitch again.
I am so happy for him. Looks like we'll be in Cincy for a while... just as I'd gotten most of our stuff to L'ville- hahaha. Go figure :)