Smith experienced in debuts at fabled parks

Smith experienced in debuts at fabled parks

Smith experienced in debuts at fabled parks
BOSTON -- Left-hander Will Smith made his Major League debut for the Royals this year at Yankee Stadium.

Smith found that overwhelming but, as he prepares for his first start at Fenway Park on Sunday, he feels ready. And he's had fun just getting acquainted with the 100-year-old ballpark.

"It's awesome, just so much tradition here," Smith said. "So many good players have come through here. You've got the Green Monster and I actually went inside of it with Gio [Johnny Giavotella] and we signed our names in there. It was a lot of fun. We went on top of it [Friday] and I still want to go see Pesky's Pole. There's just so much tradition here, how can you not love it?"

Just being in the Red Sox stronghold can stir emotions.

"I got goosebumps [Friday] night when they sang the 'Sweet Caroline' song. It's the first time I ever heard that, that was awesome," Smith said.

But as he makes his 11th big league start, Smith feels he can make his surroundings secondary and concentrate on getting hitters out.

"Everything's a lot easier now. You're not overwhelmed by everything," Smith said.