Two games into the 2013 season, and we have the early leader for quote of the year. Gio in his postgame interview on MASN (MASNSports.com video is here), fielding a question from Bob Carpenter about getting a feel for the ball on a cold night:
Carpenter: "How were you feeling with the hook on a night when it's tough to have a touch pitch like that?"
Gio: "It was definitely difficult, especially with this cold weather. It was tough to get a grip. I felt like I was making love to my hand. Just one of those things where I was constantly trying to find some grip some how, some way - the rosin bag, whatever, licking the fingers, but it felt good after that."
Oh, and on his first inning headache? Think sledgehammers:
"My head started feeling like it was getting nailed right in there with freaking sledgehammers."
Fantastic start by Gio: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 91 pitches-55 strikes. Not too shabby with the bat, either.
(Screencap via MASN/TV)