Pastornicky impresses during memorable Opening Day debut
NEW YORK — Tyler Pastornicky struggled to deal with the pressure he felt during the early weeks of Spring Training. But the night before making his Major League debut as the Braves’ starting shortstop in front of a raucous Opening Day crowd, Pastornicky soundly slept in his Manhattan hotel room.
“I was just overly tired,” Pastornicky said. “It’s been kind of a long couple of days.”
This has been quite a week for Pastornicky, who learned on Monday that he had won his battle against Andrelton Simmons to begin the year as Atlanta’s starting shortstop. The 22-year-old infielder enjoyed seeing New York City for the first time on Wednesday.
But this week’s greatest thrill occurred at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon as he experienced the thrill of playing in his first big league game. The debut proved memorable even though his contributions did not prevent the Braves from suffering a…
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