CLEVELAND -- A funny thing happened when rookie Alex White put on his Indians uniform and began warming up in the outfield on Saturday. He no longer felt nervous about his Major League debut.
"I was more nervous at breakfast yesterday morning," White said with a smile on Sunday.
For the record, the 22-year-old White had his eggs scrambled with a side of bacon at the 1890 Restaurant and Lounge. Then, on Saturday night, White served six solid innings to the Tigers in his first taste of the big leagues. White struck out four and allowed two runs on six hits.
Along the way, he experienced zero jitters.
"Once I started throwing," White said, "I really felt comfortable and felt like this is what I'm supposed to be doing."
White, the 15th overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, was promoted from Triple-A Columbus for the start, and he is slated to make at least one more for the Indians. For his first outing, he had his parents, brother and a host of friends in the stands at Progressive Field.
Among those on hand to watch White, a former standout at the University of North Carolina, were UNC head baseball coach Mike Fox and a few other members of the Tarheels' staff.
"It was one of those experiences that I was looking forward to for a long time," White said. "It was everything I expected it to be. It was a lot of fun. It makes it even better when you have such a great team that you're playing with."