Growing up with Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez as his childhood idol, Deivi Garcia always dreamed of pitching at Fenway Park.
But as the 21-year-old right-handed hurler prepares to take the mound in Boston for the first time in his big league career, he can’t help but be shocked by how quickly he got to the big stage.
“He’s a legend, he’s a legend here,” Garcia said on a Zoom call before the Yankees extended their winning streak to 10 games in their 8-0 win over the Red Sox. “A lot of exciting games here in this stadium and my dad even told me that, about all those great games and everything that went on.
“He told me to go out there and do the best you can for your team.”
Garcia will likely have just one more start after Saturday night’s matchup against the Red Sox to prepare for the first postseason of his career. And taking a 2-1 record and a 3.28 ERA, which is just barely higher than both Gerrit Cole and Masahiro Tanaka, into his fifth start of his MLB career, Garcia admitted that he’s thought a lot about what it’ll be like to compete in a postseason game.
“It’s something that I’ve thought about a lot from Day 1, from the day…