Wild MLB debut by Yankees’ Weissert; HBPs on 1st 2 pitches

by | Aug 26, 2022 | Sports

OAKLAND, Calif. — From the very first pitch, it was pretty painful to watch the major league debut of New York Yankees reliever Greg Weissert.Painful for Oakland hitters, too.He plunked a batter with his first offering. Then he balked. Then he nailed a guy with his second pitch, prompting the A’s hitter to slam down his bat.Didn’t get much better from there, either, for the new right-hander wearing No. 85.And after a pair of one-out walks, with Weissert’s last pitch going to the backstop, it was over. Pulled by manager Aaron Boone with the Yankees ahead 13-2 in the seventh inning, Weissert made the exceedingly long trudge from the mound to the dugout at the Coliseum.Every pitcher’s worst debut nightmare. At least he’s now a big leaguer forever — and the AL East-leading Yankees still coasted to a 13-4 win.“Only up from here,” Boone said after the game. “That’s a rough one. I think it sped up on him. He acknowledged that.”Disconsolate after his wild outing, the 27-year-old Weissert banged his glove on the bench and took a seat all by himself at the end of the dugout, looking down.He wasn’t alone for long.One by one, his teammates started to wander over to offer words and taps of encouragement. Pitcher Domingo German, coach Luis Rojas and his catcher, All-Star Jose Trevino. By the end of t …

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