What was Kanekoa's first situation in the big leagues? Tied 1-1, starting the bottom of the 9th! Adding to the pressure, Texeira loaded the bases in that inning and was down in the count, 3-1, on Daric Barton. He threw the strike that he needed, and got Barton to fly out to left field. Escaping the bases-loaded situation, Texeira pointed to the sky as he walked off the mound.
But that wasn't all. After the stressful 9th inning, manager Don Wakamatsu brought Texeira back out for the 10th. While retiring two more matters, he gave up three hits to lose the ballgame. I watched the end of this game on television, and I must say that it disappointed me. I remembered Texeira from the Yankees' minor league system last year, and I was impressed with his good numbers and awesome name; it was hard for me not to root for the guy. And also, if a guy is making his major league debut in a tough spot, you want to see him do well. At least for Texeira, it'll get better from here on.