Gonzo: glad he got first save "out of the way"
Mike Gonzalez got his first save on Thursday night, just two
nights removed from Tuesday’s disappointing outing, which resulted in a blown
save and a loss. The Orioles new closer talked about getting the first save following
the Orioles’ 5-4 win over the Rays…
“That was a big thing now, just get the first one out of the
way,” Gonzalez said. “Now I can actually go and do me now. Obviously [the excitement] it’s not good for
the Baltimore fans, I’m sorry about that. But I’m glad I got that one out of
Just how over-amped is he?
“After that first outing [Tuesday] I had I think it’s just
over everything,” Gonzalez said. “A new division,
a new team, trying to show too much, trying to show them that you do belong…obviously,
this is huge for me now I can go out and just start doing me.”
Gonzalez said getting Thursday’s wasn’t just a sign of relief.
“The plane trip back [to Baltimore] is so much nicer. When you
go out there and something happens, they comeback, that’s just devastating for
the ballclub. Now we’re pumped up. One thing is for sure, we are going to be in
a lot of these games. This season’s
going to be a lot of excitement. A l ot of these guys can hit and these games
are going to be really good. So, I’m excited for that.”
Gonzalez also had high praise for rookie starter Brian Matusz, who gutted out five solid
innings to collect the win in his 2010 debut.
“First of all, I love Brian,” Gonzalez said. “His stuff is
ridiculous, he’s got great electric stuff, but his mindset for a 23-year-old,
you don’t see that especially in the big leagues. Those guys are down in Double-A,
Triple-A trying to make it. He’s over here, he’s a mental bulldog. And I definitely
like the way he goes about his business.”