Michael Pineda was a Seattle Mariner, and Jesus Montero was a New York Yankee. Then Michael Pineda was a New York Yankee, and Jesus Montero was a Seattle Mariner. Baseball trades are easy! Understandably, it probably comes as a shock as a player to be traded when you're that young. But now that Pineda and Montero have had time to digest everything that's happened, how are they feeling?
Really quite super, according to these quotes from Shannon Drayer. Pineda:
"I'm feeling great and I'm beyond excited. I never thought I would become a New York Yankee so early into my career," he said. "This is the best thing in the world. Pitching alongside CC Sabathia, I'm speechless. And playing alongside players such as Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter is unbelievable."
"I never thought I would become a New York Yankee so early into my career." Pineda may be young, but he's aware of the Great Inevitability. As a side note, speechless about pitching alongside CC Sabathia? Michael Pineda just pitched alongside Felix Hernandez. I'm hurt.
"It is amazing to me because that is the team that I dream all of my life when I was a kid," he said. "I used to watch tv all the time when I was 11 years old and I used to watch Edgar Martinez hit home runs to right field and I used to tell my dad you are going to see me on tv one day and he saw me with the Yankees and now he will see me with the Mariners like I said to him."
Michael Pineda says landing with the Yankees is "the best thing in the world." Jesus Montero says he used to dream about playing for the Mariners. One of those sounds a little more embarrassing than the other, but you can't fault either guy for a lack of enthusiasm.