Whatever Father's Day plans Danny Burawa's family may have had, an early-morning phone call changed them in an instant.
Burawa, a Rocky Point High School and St. John's product, was called up from Triple-A Sunday morning. He said he called his parents as soon as he received the news.
"They were freaking out,'' the 26-year-old righthanded reliever said. "I kind of messed with them a little bit. I asked my dad what he was doing for Father's Day and he said, 'Nothing.' And I told him, 'I'm sure you're doing something.' ''
That turned out to be going to Yankee Stadium. Unfortunately for Burawa, he did not get the results he was looking for in his debut and was sent back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Facing the heart of the Detroit order to start the sixth inning, he allowed four runs and three hits in two-thirds of an inning, including a three-run home run by J.D. Martinez.
"It's not how I wanted it to go, but it's a learning experience,'' said Burawa, who spoke before getting the news of his demotion.
Still, Burawa, who said he has been a Yankees fan "all my life,'' said it was a "dream come true" to pitch in front of his parents, two brothers, other family members and friends at the Stadium.
The team's 12th-round pick in the 2010 amateur draft has a 1.75 ERA in 36 innings in Triple-A this year, averaging 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings. In one start and 25 relief appearances, he has been particularly effective against righthanded batters, holding them to a .176/.222/.235 slash line with a 4:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Burawa was called up after Bryan Mitchell, who pitched three innings Saturday night, was optioned to Triple-A. Burawa said he appreciated being "rewarded for what I've done in the minors and given a chance'' and the support he received from Yankees veterans.
"I had a lot of guys come up to me and say, 'Don't internalize too much and don't start out-thinking yourself' [and] my stuff will play, but I just have to learn how to use it,'' he said.
He said catcher Brian McCann told him he "ran into a good team [and] I was throwing strikes. I just need to learn how to mess with counts. It doesn't always have to be 'attack.' There are good times to miss outside the zone, and I'll learn.''
Burawa said that when Joe Girardi took him out of the game, he encouraged him to be positive about his big-league debut.
"He said, 'Enjoy it. Cherish it, because you only get one.' ''