NEW YORK -- Jeurys Familia felt some nerves. He wasn't the only one. The 25-year-old righty had struggled mightily in Spring Training and had limited experienced saving games. Yet there Familia was, being called on in the ninth to preserve a one-run lead in Atlanta on April 12, with suddenly just the shredded remains of a safety net behind him.
"That first time, I got a little excited," said the soft-spoken Familia.
Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.