If Brandon Maurer is nervous, he was doing his best to hide it as he sat at his locker before Wednesday night’s game. It was less than 24 hours before his major league debut and the biggest moment of professional career, and yet his greatest concern was securing enough tickets for the 24 guests planning on attending this afternoon’s game at the O.co Coliseum. “I haven’t figured that out yet,” he said. “So I will have to see how that works.” It usually works out by hitting up your teammates to get their complimentary tickets for the game. Luckily for Maurer, his teammates remember how memorable that first big league game was for them. So giving up their tickets isn’t usually issue. Also Oakland isn’t usually high on the list of road destinations for players’ families. Of course, teammates being teammates and Maurer being a rookie, they won’t make it easy on him at first. Those same teammates have also given plenty of advice to him about his big day. “Everyone is trying to help out tin their own way,” he said. “Basically they are all saying it’s the same game. Go out there and feed off the energy of the crowd and go after the hitters.” Maurer got two pretty good examples to learn from after watching Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma throw back to back quality starts, combining to allow one earned run and five hits. “Yeah, they were pretty good,” Maurer said.
Maurer gets help with tickets, clichés
Tacoma News Tribune | Apr 4