New York Yankees infielders Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts (14) talk on the field during practice on Monday in Tampa. (Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)
(Tallahassee.com) -- Lineups won't be posted until this morning, but Florida State
sophomore pitcher Mike Compton knows there's a good chance he'll be
facing some perennial all-stars in the Seminoles' exhibition game
against the New York Yankees in Tampa.
notably, of course, will be future Hall-of-Famer Derek Jeter, who is
beginning his 20th and final season in the big leagues.
pretty crazy," said Compton, who is getting the start on Tuesday afternoon
because Sunday's series finale against Georgia was rained out. "They
have some big-time players you grew up watching on TV. It will be
unbelievable to be pitching against them."
State head coach Mike Martin said Compton will be on a strict pitch
count and isn't likely to throw more than two innings. But that will
still give the FSU sophomore a chance to pitch against some of the
biggest names in the sport; Jeter, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and
Ichiro Suzuki could all be in the batter's box today against the
you're on the mound and you're pitching, it's kind of hard to put into
words what the feeling is going to be like," Compton said. "It's going
to be something special for sure, though."
games always are. Recently, the Seminoles have been squaring off
against the Philadelphia Phillies in Spring Training. But this year it
just so happens they'll be going against the most famous baseball team
in the world.
Against one of the best shortstops to ever play the game.
exciting," Martin said. "It will be exciting the fact that it will be
Derek Jeter's first game the year that he retires. It will be a memory.
... It will be something that our guys will have a different emotion
for. The emotion this time will be for the fact that they're playing one
of the most storied baseball franchises in history.
"You'll look over there and see the pinstripes and you'll think of your youth."
Martin joked that for him that meant thinking of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
veteran head coach also said the outcome of today's game is totally
inconsequential. It's about the experience. And little else.
will play everybody," Martin said. "It's not something (where) we
concern ourselves with batting orders. The first five or six innings
we'll do things traditionally. I'm libel to have a senior pitcher get an
at-bat for an outfielder. It's just an exhibition."
Fisher to throw out first pitch
State head football coach Jimbo Fisher will throw out the first pitch
of today's game, which is scheduled to start at 1:05 at George Steinbrenner Field. His star quarterback, Jameis Winston, is expected to
pitch later on in the afternoon as well.
Movin' on up
Seminoles are a perfect 6-0 on the season and are now ranked No. 2 in
the country in the latest Baseball America poll. They were ranked fourth
a week ago.