Brennan Boesch on Yankees debut: 'It's like the first day of school'

03/16/2013 4:57 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Brennan Boesch said his first day as a Yankee felt like 'the first day of school.' (AP)
TAMPA – Brennan Boesch played his first game as a Yankee Saturday, going 0-for-3 and playing seven innings in the team’s 7-0 loss to the Phillies at Steinbrenner Field.

It wasn’t so much about how well he did on Saturday though, Boesch said, as much as it was about getting acclimated.

“It’s like the first day of school,” Boesch said after the game. “I like the atmosphere so far, but it’s the first day and everything went by pretty quick.”

Boesch said the adjustment was a little tougher only because he doesn’t really know any of the Yankees outside of playing against them, counting ex-Tiger Curtis Granderson as the only one he really had dealt with in any extended capacity.

“I know Curtis a little bit from his days in Detroit, but just from coming over from the Minor League side to help out,” Boesch said. “I haven’t seen him yet, but he was always gracious to the Minor Leaguers and treated me with respect, so I’ll always remember that.”

It was Granderson’s fractured forearm that likely began the sequence that led to Boesch coming to the Yankees, and Boesch knows that he has a short period to make an impact before Curtis is back in the lineup.

“It’s an unfortunate freak thing, and he’ll be back and doing his thing before you know it, but until then I’m doing whatever I have to do,” Boesch said.

Manager Joe Girardi praised his new outfielder after Saturday’s game, saying Boesch has a great opportunity and that he hoped the 27-year-old is a good fit in New York, and general manager Brian Cashman said he thought Boesch was just that because of his “power left-handed bat.”

As it stands, Cashman also said Boesch has a split contract, meaning he’ll make $1.5 million in the Majors and $500,000 in the Minors; Boesch has all of his Minor League options left, but if he does stick around come opening day, he’ll likely stay in right field (moving Ichiro Suzuki to left and Brett Gardner to center) but might not necessarily be a full platoon guy.

“He’s had some success against lefties some of the years (he was in Detroit)…obviously the more you play the better you get,” Girardi said.

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