Blake Swihart will play in his first major league game Saturday, but don’t be fooled. The 23-year-old catcher isn’t exactly a newcomer.
Swihart, the Boston Red Sox’s top prospect before they acquired Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada, spent all of spring training with the big-league club and got to know the crew quite well. So as he prepared to make his big-league debut in Saturday’s matinee against the New York Yankees, Swihart revealed he’s more than ready to go.
“To be able to build a relationship early has been big for me,” Swihart told NESN’s Adam Pellerin in a pregame interview. “I walked in (Saturday morning) and all these guys gave me hugs, said congrats, and we acted like we already knew each other, because we did. It wasn’t like a first time meeting somebody and having the first-time jitters. So I’m pretty comfortable in this clubhouse right now.”
Hear more from Swihart and Pellerin in the video above.
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