ASU alum Curtis gets first hit in Arizona

ASU alum Curtis gets first hit in Arizona

PHOENIX -- Colin Curtis played his college ball just up the street from Chase Field, having been drafted by the Yankees in 2007 from Arizona State University, so it was a surreal experience for him to get his call to the Major Leagues and report to a familiar area.

The timing could not have worked out better for the outfielder, who now has a big league hit and two RBIs to call his own. Curtis came in as a pinch-hitter in the Yankees' six-run eighth inning on Tuesday and notched perhaps the most memorable blow of their 9-3 victory over the D-backs.

"It was an amazing feeling getting out there," Curtis said. "We put together a big inning, and to cap it off with the first big league hit, I knew I hit it good and I started running.

"I just took a deep breath and exhaled, standing on second base. I saw all of the guys and let a big smile go across my face. You're playing all your life and you get that first one. It's a really good feeling."

Curtis said that he has a lot of friends in the Phoenix area, and his parents and brother flew into town from Seattle when he was called up on Monday. Curtis said he didn't bother to try to play it cool while standing on second base, allowing a huge smile to cross his face.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi called the scene "a thrill" to watch, and Alex Rodriguez gave Curtis a hug in the dugout, saying, "That kid can hit."

"You always imagine and dream of playing in the big leagues someday, and I think it's kind of cool that the first time is right down the street from where you played college ball," Curtis said.