NEW YORK -- Not only did Hector Santiago pick up the win in front of approximately 60 friends and family members during Thursday night's 4-3 White Sox victory over the Yankees, he also fanned Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano before allowing Mark Teixeira's solo homer. Cano had special significance for Santiago, who is close friends with Cano's cousin, Bert Reynolds, and had a chance to interact with Cano as he was growing up in Newark, N.J.
When Cano struck out swinging, he appeared to look back at Santiago with an approving smile.
"If I strike someone out, I take off for third," Santiago said. "But my father and brother said that he kind of looked straight at me and smirked, like, 'You got me.' That was kind of nice."
Santiago has been working out of the stretch recently but employed the windup in the eighth inning on Thursday to get a little bit more on his pitches. He had close to 300 people in attendance on Friday and planned to celebrate with friends and family at a big postgame party in Newark on Saturday night.
It will be hard to match Friday's adrenaline rush or the approximately 150 postgame text messages of congratulations he received.