07/20/2007 9:28 PM ET
Durbin: A night to remember
It was just a few days ago that I got my first big-league victory. I got a lot of run support, but it was just an incredible feeling to go out there and throw the ball the way I wanted to and to stay in control.
To top things off, I also got three hits at the plate. I hadn't hit the ball like that since high school. I saw the ball real well and got a couple of hits. My first win and my first hits -- what an incredible night for me.
After the game, I got the bat and two balls -- the ball from my first hit and the game ball. I ended up breaking my bat in my last at-bat, so it's all ready for the trophy case.
When I got in after the game, I already had 15 text messages and 10 phone messages. I'm still calling everybody back. My dad and my girlfriend were at the game. A lot of family was watching on TV.
Once I was waived by Boston, I found myself in a tough situation. I'm told that I'm wanted, but then the next day I'm on a plane home. It's real tough and whatever confidence you have is taken away.
So, I'm very grateful the Phillies have given me this shot. They picked me up after I cleared waivers and I was told that I was going to be a starter with this organization. I went down to Triple-A Ottawa where I threw and felt good.
My first shot to start was going to be with the Twins, but when I got called up, I pitched out of the bullpen. I don't feel comfortable out of the bullpen, but if that's where I'm needed, that's what I will do. My heart, though, is in starting and that is what I love doing.
In the big picture, I feel good to be able to go out and there and contribute when the team is counting on me. I came over here and the people in the organization have given me the ball. They've showed confidence in me and it feels great to have that behind me.
Waived six times over the course of his career, J.D. Durbin earned his first career win on July 17 against the Dodgers. The right-hander was backed by a Phillies offense that pounded out 26 hits, including three singles from the rookie pitcher.