Alfredo Simon, who notched his first career save last night in the Orioles' victory over the New York Yankees, is obviously the topic du jour for Wednesday. Here are a couple of comments from his teammates about his outing.
Adam Jones: "He's pitched here before. He knows what the deal in the big leagues is. He's faced the Red Sox, the Yankees and the Rays -- to me the best three teams in baseball. So he's been through them, he's familiar with the guys. It's just a matter of facing them this year. I don't think there is fear in his body. He's a big dude, 6-whatever. Huge. And he went in there and he threw strikes."
Miguel Tejada: "It was pretty impressive. It's hard for a young kid to be in a situation like that against the Yankees. I was impressed. He threw pretty hard, and he never slowed down.
He told me [after the game], 'Now the pressure is gone, and I'll go from there.' He threw a lot of strikes. "
Kevin Millwood: "It was awesome to see him come in and get the save. He went against the heart of their lineup so it was pretty impressive. Hopefully, he can take some confidence from that and the team can get some confidence and get it rolling."
Cesar Izturis: "[Early on], he said he was excited and he couldn't wait to go on the mound and do what he did tonight. It was good. He was throwing strikes, I think for the closer, the main thing is to throw strikes, and today he was good."