NEW YORK -- You know that it's not your day when you lose a baseball game by a touchdown.
But the New York Yankees' 14-7 dismantling by the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium on Friday night produced a moment of levity for the home team: outfielder Dewayne Wise's ninth-inning relief appearance.
Wise came in to pitch with one out in the frame after being given "five or six throws" to warm up by manager Joe Girardi, who had unknowingly made the best pitching decision he would make all night.
As reporters waited for Wise in the clubhouse, Curtis Granderson briefly spoke to Yahoo! Contributor Network about the gag, saying the first-year Yankee was actually nervous about taking the mound in a big-league game since he hadn't pitched since high school.
Wise, a left-handed sidearmer, confirmed that information to me shortly after.
"I was very nervous," said Wise, whose fastest pitch was an 82 mph two-seam "fastball" to right-handed power hitter Paul Konerko. "I haven't pitched since my sophomore year in high school, so I was nervous, especially when [Alex Rios] came up.
"For some reason I just thought that he was gonna hit the ball back at me. I just tried to not throw too hard, hopefully they'd be out front and get them out."
Konerko flew out to center on the sixth pitch he saw from Wise, who'd retire Rios on one pitch, getting the right fielder to ground into a 6-4, inning-ending force out.
"Everyone was just laughing, just told me, 'Good job,'" said Wise of his teammates' reaction when he returned to the dugout.
Wise admitted that he wanted a piece of White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who tormented Yankees pitching on Friday (in particular their two rookies, Adam Warren and David Phelps), driving in three runs on an RBI single and pair of solo home runs.
"Out of all the people on that team, I wish it would've been A.J. that I faced," he said. "I would've loved to try to strike him out, but it was fun. I always said that I hope some day that I got the chance in a game like this to go in there and pitch. I'm just glad I was able to not walk anybody, not give up any hits.
"We got our butts kicked tonight," Wise added. "It's just one game. I came in and everybody kind of laughed about it, so we just gotta move on and get ready for tomorrow."
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