Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/20/13
BOSTON — Drake Britton admitted that he had some butterflies before making his major league debut Saturday. A lot of veterans probably would have felt uneasy about the situation as well. Not only was Britton called upon to toe a major league rubber for the first time, but he was also asked to do so against the Yankees with a major threat in progress, as New York had runners at first and second with no outs. Oh yeah, and Britton was asked to face Ichiro Suzuki and Robinson Cano, who have a combined 15 All-Star selections to their credit. Britton did about as well as the Red Sox could have hoped given the situation. The 24-year-old minimized the damage, as only Luis Cruz — who took third base when catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia fired down to second base on a pickoff attempt — crossed the plate. Suzuki popped out to short, and Cano was retired on a sacrifice fly to center field before Brett Gardner was caught stealing to end the inning. “He did a very good job,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “That wasn’t the ideal situation to make your big league debut and how you’d draw it up, but again in that left-handed spot he threw strikes, he’s got a quick arm. I thought he kept the emotion in that first setting — first experience — well under control.” It remains to be seen what kind of role — if any — Britton will have with the Red Sox this season. He could fit into Boston’s bullpen plans, or he could eventually find himself back in Triple-A if the Sox add a reliever or decide to give someone else an opportunity. Farrell said that Britton will be given opportunities to contribute as long as he’s with the club, though, and the young southpaw acknowledged that it’s good to get his first outing under his belt. “Down in the bullpen a little bit I got some butterflies, but once I got out there I just tried to breathe,” said Britton, whose mother and father were in attendance. “Once I started doing that, I calmed down a little bit and started getting back in the zone.” Big league debuts are always nerve-racking, but Britton’s situation was especially tense. It’s over now, though, and he lived to tell about it. Have a question for Ricky Doyle? Send it to him via Twitter at @TheRickyDoyle or send it here. 
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Top takeaways from NFL Championship Sunday

Six incredible stats from the Belichick/Brady era in Boston

You wont believe how much Super Bowl tickets cost

Tom Izzo issues statement clarifying Larry Nassar comment

Brady cracks joke about hiding his hand injury from media

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Brady, Patriots are Super Bowl bound again

Is Nick Foles having elbow problems? Speculation persists

Rob Gronkowski suffers concussion in AFC championship game

Dolphins open to drafting QB in first round

Former Cavs coach David Blatt takes funny shot at his old team

Neck surgery will end playing career of Miami CB Malek Young

Behind the scenes: History of the Super Bowl in pictures

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

NHL Weekender: Kings, Leafs heading in the wrong direction

NFL Championship Weekend Predictions: History will be made in the NFC

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

Top 10 X-factors for Conference Championship Games

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Behind the scenes: History of the Super Bowl in pictures

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

NHL Weekender: Kings, Leafs heading in the wrong direction

The 'Baby I'm a (All-)Star' quiz

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

Ranking baseball's GMs entering the 2018 season

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: The Saints miss an important long-distance call

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker