|Brandon Duckworth pitches to Padres' Damian Jackson, who was the first batter he faced in the major leagues (YONG KIM / DAILY NEWS)|
From reading the Philadelphia Daily News you get the feeling he is already a fan favorite. Duck Pond banners were all over Veterans Stadium as were fans with duck calls.
Here are some quotes from the win:
"It was a dream come true out there. My feet haven't touched the ground yet. To see all the banners, it's unbelievable. I couldn't believe the fan support."
"I was nervous, but probably a little less nervous as I expected to be. I was pretty composed."
"This was great but I most definitely wanted to get it [major league debut] out of the way. Now I know I can pitch here. Everybody is human. You watch 'SportsCenter' and you see these guys murdering the ball and you wonder how the pitchers get anyone out. I mean, they're great hitters. But they're human."
"He did a great job," manager Larry Bowa said. "He made one pitch that stayed in the middle of the plate a little bit, but that was it."Brandon Duckworth Profile
Position: RHP Height: 6-2 Weight: 185 Born: 1/23/76
Some facts on Brandon Duckworth:
- Was not drafted after going 8-1 in 1997 for the Titans
- Signed as a free-agent in August
- 1998 went 15-10 and 1999 he won 11 lost 5 but was not consider a good prospect. Considered to have a mediocre fastball (currently ranges from 88-93 MPH)
- Promoted to Double-A in 2000 he suddenly became a hot prospect based on his control and durability.
- In 2001 he was promoted to the Triple-A International League where he has been dominate.
- Started Triple-A All-Star game.