D-Train congratulates Nolasco
SAN DIEGO — Since his rookie season in 2006, Ricky Nolasco has quietly — but effectively — gone about his business.
Low-key by nature, the Marlins right-hander simply tries to work deep into games and give his team a chance to win.
The consistent approach has indeed led to a lot of wins. And on Sunday afternoon, Nolasco locked down career victory No. 68, which ties him with Dontrelle Willis for the franchise record.
The always classy Willis made sure to reach out to Nolasco on Sunday night. The left-hander did so via Twitter.
“Congrats to my boy for the win today,” Willis said through his @D_Train35 account. “Tied the Marlins record all-time with 68 and many more to come.”
Willis, a two-time All-Star with the Marlins, was with the organization from 2003-07.
The left-hander was a teammate of Nolasco for two seasons.
“He was full of energy,” Nolasco said. “He was a lot of fun to be around. The one thing he did help us with when we were rookies in ’06 was he just helped us feel comfortable. He was a veteran, although he only had a few years in.”
Nolasco said Willis made the transition to the big leagues easy for the rotation, which at the time also included Josh Johnson and Anibal Sanchez.
“He helped us be comfortable and not timid,” Nolasco said.
— Joe Frisaro