Diamond Dave Q&A With Danny Barnes

Long Island native Danny Barnes was back in New York this week as the Blue Jays reliever came to the Bronx to pitch against the Yankees.

Barnes, who has a 0.77 ERA in 12 appearances this season, played his high school ball at Manhasset Secondary School, where he went 8-1 with an ERA of 0.80 as a senior. In 2010, the Blue Jays drafted Barnes out of Princeton. He pitched 12 games for the 2016 Blue Jays team that made the playoffs, and pitched in 60 games last year, going 3-6 with a 3.55 ERA.

Barnes spoke with NY Sports Day on Sunday.

NYSD: Have any family at the game today?

DB: A lot, yeah.

NYSD: You grew up as a Yankee fan. Did you ever go to the old stadium?

DB: Yeah, a bunch.

NYSD: Did you have a favorite moment?

DB: I remember when they won the ’96 World Series. I wasn’t there for it but I remember watching it on TV. That was my first baseball memory.

NYSD: Was there a certain pitcher you tried to model yourself after?

DB: I always admired Roger Clemens, his competitiveness and stuff. And Mariano Rivera, obviously, he was so good and always cool under pressure.

NYSD: What is it like actually being on the mound here?

DB: The first time was pretty special. Now it’s just like any other game, just focused on trying to win.

NYSD: Why do you think you guys have been able to start off so strong this year?

DB: Our offense has been great. Guys have really been swinging it well. That’s putting us in good spots to lock down wins.

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