PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Terry Doyle is so close to his dream of not only pitching in the major leagues but pitching for his life-long favorite team, the Boston Red Sox, that he can feel it.
The Salem High graduate also feels at home pitching for the Pawtucket Red Sox, which he should. His family moved to Rhode Island after he graduated Salem High and left for Boston College.
Doyle, who signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox this past offseason, had approximately 30 family members and friends in the stands at Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium when he made his first home start last Saturday.
His supporters included his host family from when he pitched in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League, two aunts from Rhode Island, three sets of cousins with their children and his grandmother from Narragansett.
“My grandmother, it doesn’t matter if I give up one run or 20 runs, she’s going to say, ‘Oh, Terry, you were great,’” Doyle said. “She’s always there boosting the ego.”
The 27-year-old right-hander is off to a scintillating start with the PawSox.
The two-time Eagle-Tribune MVP hurled 6.1 scoreless innings and allowed one hit, walked five and struck out five in his season debut April 7. In his McCoy debut last Saturday, he pitched 5.0 innings, allowing just one run on two hits and one walk while striking out five.
“The baseball Gods kind of blessed me (in the season opener),” Doyle said. “They gave me a good outing and saved me because I really didn’t locate very well at all. After about the third inning, I really had no idea where the ball was going. I just made enough pitches to get the right amount of outs and I got a little bit lucky.