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Rick Porcello Celebrates by Not Drinking a Beer

LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Rick Porcello of the Detroit Tigers poses for a portrait during Photo Day on February 23, 2008 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Sean HeyboerContributor IAugust 29, 2009

Just in case you hadn't heard, Rick Porcello did something special in his young career last night.

Sure, he picked up the win, pushing his record to 11-8 on the season. It is also true that he held the big guns in the Tampa Bay lineup—Jason Bartlett, Carl Crawford, Evan Longoria, and Carlos Pena—to a combined 1-15. He even notched five strikeouts, which for him is a pretty decent number.

But the truly remarkable thing that the kid did in the Motor City last night was hit the 100 pitch count mark for the first time this season, and the first time in his career.

He did so by consistently throwing strikes and challenging a lethal Tampa Bay Rays lineup. It was an impressive win in what has been an overall outstanding rookie campaign. 

What did Porcello do to celebrate his dominance? Well, I don't know, I wasn't there. But I can tell you what he didn't do. Rick Porcello did not take part in the consumption of an alcoholic beverage, at least not in the clubhouse. And do you want to know why he did not do anything of the sort?

Because Rick Porcello is only 20 years old!

Yes, this is true. You can expect this from him for as long as he wants to put on a Tigers uniform, and as long as the front office wants to keep him around. 

Wrap your mind around the fact that Rick Porcello could potentially be pitching in Detroit for 10-15 years to come. Boom goes the mind dynamite.

Congratulations on a gutsy performance young lad.  Let's hope we see this for many years to come.

And while I am (not) on the subject; thank you for making Kevin Youkilis look like a little girl.



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