The 23-year-old right-handed pitcher makes the most symbolic start of his young career when he takes the mound today in the Giants’ 1:35 p.m. home opener at AT&T Park. It comes as the Giants celebrate their 50th anniversary of their move to San Francisco. In a little more than two years, he has been witness to some of baseball’s most historic moments, thanks in large part to home run king Barry Bonds.
What do you make of all the history you have been around? It’s kind of confusing. It’s something I’m trying to figure out and probably won’t until later on down the road. It might not set in until then. But then I’ll sit down, look back and more than likely I’ll go, “Oh, my gosh, we were a part of that.” We were a part of Bonds hitting all his home runs.
Does it make you more interested in history? It definitely does. It’s funny how it works. I’m definitely more interested in what the past of baseball has been and just general history all together. It’s kind of opened my eyes and I have certainly learned a lot more about it.
You had a lot of tough luck last year, winning just seven games in 32 starts. How did you deal with that? It was a huge learning experience for me. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what your win-loss record is. Sometimes I lost games because it was my fault. Not necessarily because I didn’t get a run here or there, but I gave up runs that I shouldn’t have given up in certain situations because I didn’t execute.
What did you take from that adversity? I felt it made me stronger as a person and a player. I hope it did and I hope to use that to my advantage.