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Giolito relieved to start career with Nats

Jul 17, 2012, 9:56 PM EST

When Lucas Giolito took his seat in the dugout for his first in-person media availability since signing a contract with the Washington Nationals, he opened the session with a genuine, “wow.” He had never been faced with so many cameras and microphones before and at times didn’t know where the questions were coming from.

But the attention that comes with being a big league player and the lifestyle they live is something that sold the 18-year-old flamethrower on signing the deal and becoming the newest high-ceiling young arm in the Washington organization. He envies the way they go about their day-to-day business and how they interact as members of a team.

Giolito visited both the Nationals and the campus of UCLA in the time between the June 4 MLB Draft and July 13, the deadline to sign draft picks. He said he pitched in front of Bruins’ head coach John Savage and enjoyed the experience, but a June trip to Washington, D.C. helped seal the deal.
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  1. peric - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Great! Guess he might see Solis and Purke there as well?

  2. Sec.3, My Sofa - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Good luck, Kid. See you in four or five years, grid willing.

  3. JD - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Purke is out with Shoulder stiffness. This one just does not sound good at all. Solis? does any one know if/when he's scheduled to return from TJ?

  4. natsfan1a - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Welcome aboard, kid.

  5. Feel Wood - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Gotta applaud Rizzo's strategic move of not letting Clint interview Giolito until after he signed.

  6. ehay2k - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Ummm Giolito is here at the park, and his first interview is with CLINT!?! Of course, Clint asks about Samuel Jackson. :-(I hope Giolito doesn't hold this against the team!

  7. ehay2k - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM

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  8. Drew - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    At least Clint didn't say: "Luke, I'm your father "Welcome aboard, Lucas!

  9. A DC Wonk - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:56 AM

    When he was in the booth, Giolito said he was happy to be drafted by a good team; that skidding down the draft was a blessing in disguise

  10. natsfan1a - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Nah, he's used to show-biz types. :-)ehay2k said… Ummm Giolito is here at the park, and his first interview is with CLINT!?! Of course, Clint asks about Samuel Jackson. 😦 I hope Giolito doesn't hold this against the team! July 17, 2012 6:47 PM

  11. JaneB - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    We saw him during the interview in the fancy seats behind home plate. I was surprised to see what a big guy he is!

  12. SonnyG10 - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    I hate to sound like a moron, but who is Clint?

  13. natsfan1a - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Sonny, he's the guy who does the pre-game and in-game fan interviews and contests, as seen on the scoreboard.

  14. SonnyG10 - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Ahh, yes. Thanks 1a.

  15. natsfan1a - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    You're welcome.

  16. Brian Hernandez - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    I'm predicting that this will be a significant signing for the Nats. Teams drafting in the mid-round picks aren't supposed to get top-flight guys like this. Recignizing Rizzo's successful gamble. Boy this is a great GM, espoecially when compared to….Giolito will be at least a coupole years to the major – probably 3-4 – but he could have an impact, or could be a major chip in a big trade. Anyway, Nats just picked up a major- value chip in the game. -BDBD





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