Drabek still relishing first big league start

Drabek still relishing first big league start

BOSTON -- There will be plenty of opportunities for Blue Jays rookie Kyle Drabek to analyze his starts with his dad. One outing into Kyle's career, Doug Drabek did not offer any critiques, letting his son enjoy everything that comes with a Major League debut.

"He's good at letting me live in the moment," Kyle Drabek said on Friday.

That does not mean Doug Drabek -- a veteran of 13 big league seasons and the National League's Cy Young Award winner in 1990 -- did not take time to pore over video of Kyle's outing Wednesday against the Orioles. Only, it was Kyle Drabek's mom that heard most of the analysis.

"He did make a few jokes," Kyle Drabek said with a laugh. "I guess my mom TiVo'd it and he went home and watched it. She said that my dad started talking about things I was doing wrong."

For now, Kyle Drabek is focusing on everything that went right.

"It was just amazing," he said. "I remember sitting in between innings in the dugout and kind of just looking around, and I started to realize that this is actually happening."

The 22-year-old Drabek did not earn a victory against Baltimore, but the right-hander did notch a quality start, limiting the Orioles to three runs over six innings. He was surprised that he did not feel nervous and was thrilled that his parents, along with his older brother and younger sister, were in the stands.

Drabek also smiled when noting that his dad was also on a mound in Baltimore when he made his first career start on June 15, 1986.

"That's pretty special," said Kyle Drabek, who was acquired from the Phillies as part of the December trade that sent ace Roy Halladay to Philadelphia.

Also special was the moment Kyle Drabek received the news that he was heading to the big leagues. After finishing his season with Double-A New Hampshire, the young pitcher flew home to Houston. His parents were out buying doughnuts when Kyle Drabek woke up to a ringing phone.

On the line was New Hampshire manager Luis Rivera, who told Drabek that he was being promoted to Toronto. The pitcher hung up and headed downstairs, looking for someone to tell the news.

"I caught them just as they were walking in with the doughnuts," he said with a smile. "My mom gave me a hug and started crying and my dad gave me a hug. It was a great moment."