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Dunn picks up tab for Carroll, party for 30-something
Welcome to the big leagues.
For Scott Carroll, who made his major league debut at age 29 by throwing 7 1/3 strong innings for the White Sox Sunday, his first day was “almost like a dream.’’
“You’re seeing guys coming up, first run at big leagues, and obviously [Jose] Abreu doing his thing but Carroll last night, that was awesome,’’ Sox veteran designated hitter Adam Dunn said Monday.
“That’s an awesome story and you’ve got 24 guys who are really happy for him.’’
Carroll had a group of more than 30 family and friends share the moment with him at the game, and before he left U.S. Cellular Field o Sunday, he asked Dunn to recommend a restaurant that could accommodate a group that large for dinner. Dunn not only called Timothy O’Toole’s to make the reservation but asked to have the bill put on his tab.
“I couldn’t be more grateful,’’ Carroll said. “It was such a cool thing to do, here I am a teammate of his for one day and he’s already hooking it up. It shows how good a guy he is.
“I thought he was reserving an area for me. Lo and behold, to top it off he put it on his tab, that was the coolest thing ever. My mom and dad were just like crying. It was awesome.’’
Dunn received some attention Monday because of the gesture, which is the last thing he wanted.
“That’s one cool part of the game where hopefully one day he’ll be in position where he able to do it,’’ Dunn said.
Carroll’s outing Sunday was nothing ordinary. It was the longest by a Sox pitcher in his major-league debut since Gerry Janeski, who also went 7 1/3 against Milwaukee during the 1970 season.
Carroll was the oldest player to make his Sox debut since Tadahito Iguchi on Opening Day 2005. Iguchi was 30.
Carroll was the oldest starting pitcher to debut since Ernesto Escarrega in 1982 against Boston. Escarrega was 32.
“The kid pitched great,’’ Dunn said. “I know how special it is to kind of remember your first time. It’s just something that was done for me. Hopefully he’ll be able to do it for somebody else.’’
“It doesn’t surprise me that Adam did that,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “A guy comes up, has a day like that you’re trying to figure out where to take 30 people. He’s as good a teammate as there is.’’