Read: Michael Pineda talks about joining the Yankees

After the Yankees snagged Michael Pineda from the Mariners the NY Daily News sent Christian Red down to the Dominican Republic to catch up with him for an article.

The result is nice look at the area Pineda is from and shows you a little bit of his family life. It’s a good article and worth the read, but the best part about it is the quotes from Pineda. I think it’s safe to say that he’s excited about joining the Yankees.

“It’s a tremendous team, with good pitching. “It’s very exciting for me — for the first time in my life, I’ll have the pleasure of playing with Alex Rodriguez, a huge star, and Derek Jeter, one of the most well-known players ever. And Mariano Rivera, (Robinson Cano), (Mark Teixeira), Rafael Soriano,” Pineda told Red in Spanish. “I never thought in my life that I would be in this situation.”

It also sounds like he’s up for the challenge.

“I’m not scared. I’m always focused, working very hard every day,” says Pineda. “I don’t think about anything else on game days. I’ve never pitched in New York or at Yankee Stadium, but I’m dying to. We’ll see what happens. I’m going to work very hard to do my job.”

There are also some quotes from Patrick Guerrero, the Mariners scout who signed him talking about how Pineda is trying to learn English and his development from a shortstop to a pitcher. Apparently Pineda’s dangerous slider actually started out as a 12-to-6 curve.

Overall its a pretty good piece and something a little different from what we’ve been reading about Pineda since the trade. Hopefully it will be finalized by tomorrow and the Yankees can plan for two press conferences this week.

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Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.
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2 Responses to Read: Michael Pineda talks about joining the Yankees

  1. jwmann2 says:

    Was a translator needed? I don't imagine his english is too great after only being here for a few seasons. Seattle had quiet the tandem with he and King Felix. As long as you have starting pitching, you have a shot. The trade def benefits the Yankees.

  2. Bronx_Knight says:

    Sounds like a movie: the wide-eyed hotshot kid, eager to prove himself in the bright lights and big city.
    As a Yankees fan, I love it. Can hardly wait to see Pineda don the pinstripes.

    And, please, let this movie have a happy ending for Yankees fans everywhere …!

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