Want to know how to get the M’s blogopshere on your side in your major league debut? Do this:
That’s Mike Carp’s first at-bat as a major leaguer. He saw five pitches, staring at all four out of the strike zone. He swung once and tried to hit it to the moon. He missed, but the at-bat continued and he took his walk.
So, in his first plate appearance as a major leaguer, he showed better pitch selection than everyone on the roster besides Branyan/Griffey, he showed a willingness to swing for the fences when he thinks he’s getting a fastball, and he showed the patience to take a walk in the at-bat where he had more nerves than he’ll ever have again. Not bad.
He’ll get the start at first base today, then probably go back to Tacoma tomorrow. It will be interesting to see what he does today – either way, I think he earned himself a fan or two last night.