Yankees’ Justus Sheffield relives emotional day … from subway to closing out Red Sox in debut

NEW YORK Yankees No. 1 prospect Justus Sheffield has been staying at a Midtown Manhattan hotel since his status changed this week to first-time big leaguer.

The 22-year-old left-hander has felt like a New Yorker taking the subway to Yankee Stadium for his first games.

Nobody recognized him.

“I guess they don’t know me yet,” Sheffield said with a smile Wednesday night after his exciting, never-racking and successful major league debut, a scoreless ninth inning in the Yankees’ 10-1 shellacking of the Boston Red Sox.

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Yankees fans know Sheffield, and the Bleacher Creatures welcomed him to the majors with a roll call-like chant from right field in the ninth inning.

The Jusss-tus Shefff-field serenading was about as loud as it got for Luke Voit’s two homers, and it was heard – and appreciated – by the guy on the mound who was struggling to calm his nerves.

“The fans were awesome,” the 6-foot, 200 pounder said. “I even heard my name. They were chanting. That’s how I knew I wasn’t really locked in because I was hearing the fans. But it was awesome.”

The finish was awesome for Sheffield, too, but this debut almost turned ugly before AL MVP favorite Mookie Betts grounded into a bases-loaded, game-ending double play.

Sheffield was nervous warming up

Article source: https://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2018/09/yankees_justus_sheffield_relives_emotional_day_fro.html

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