Kevin Kramer Reflects on MLB Debut

Family and familiar faces make Kramer's first game in the majors even better.

Noah Hiles
September 08, 2018 - 4:04 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – After waiting patiently for his first opportunity to play in the major leagues, Pirates rookie infielder Kevin Kramer made the most of his big league debut on Friday night going 2-4 with an RBI in the Bucs 5-3 win over the Miami Marlins.

“It was a special day for me,” said Kramer. It was obviously very exciting. It was awesome to have my family and friends here and (my teammates) made it pretty special for me too.”

While Kramer might be new Bucs clubhouse, he is well acquainted with a large majority of the players on Pittsburgh’s active roster. Other young Pirates such as Kevin Newman, Pablo Reyes, Nick Kingham, Jordan Luplow and Jacob Stallings have spent a good chunk of this season playing in Triple-A Indianapolis with Kramer. For Kramer, having a group of familiar faces around him in the big leagues has made the transition easier.

“We grinded through the minors together,” said Kramer. “We learned and grew together as well. I think that the comfortability with these guys, being able to ask questions and to not be laughed at or anything, is huge.”

With one start under his belt, Kramer is now an official major league player. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that all of the nerves go away. For Kramer, the butterflies that come with playing in the majors are something that he believes he will always have.

“I think there will always be nerves,” said Kramer. “They’re just good nerves. It’s not being nervous or doubting, it is just one of those things where the time goes on, you get more comfortable around your surroundings. It is still baseball and between the lines it is the same game.”