PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – After making his AAA debut Monday night, Jameson Taillon talked to Starkey, Miller and Mueller about the nerves he had to overcome and how he was able to settle in after a rough first inning.
“It wasn’t my best outing,” he said. “It definitely wasn’t my worst. I’m glad I got it out of the way. I had some nerves in that first inning. I was amped up, I had some energy, so my ball was up, a little erratic. Once I settled in and once I realized that I belonged, it’s the same game up here as it is anywhere else I’ve been, I got down in the zone and started throwing the ball pretty well.”
When Taillon was drafted by the Pirates in 2010, there was little hope that they were going to end their consecutive season losing streak. Taillon also talked about what he heard from family and friends about going into that situation and what they’re saying now.
“When I got drafted, you know, there was just almost a dark air above the Pirates,” he said. “And telling people who you got drafted by and they’d all say ‘that sucks.’ Now I have all my friends and stuff coming to me, texting me, asking me if I saw the highlights or saw the game, what I think about how they’re playing and how exciting they are to watch. It’s really fun.”
Lastly, Taillon talked about how he handled his name being thrown around in all the trade rumors, and how much he and Gerrit Cole talk about the year he is having in the majors right now.