Jon Niese, the 21-year-old from Defiance, Ohio, was the subject of a feature in his local paper yesterday. It gives you an idea at how Niese viewed his season, like how nervous he was in his big league debut and how awed he was by the packed house at Shea when he tossed eight innings of shutout ball at the Braves.
In the story, Niese said his goal is to break with the club from Spring Training.
“The ultimate goal is to break with the team out of spring training. That means I have to go there in shape, ready to pitch and to work hard. I want to be the hardest working guy there because I really want to be in the rotation to start the year. Right now I’m taking some time off to let my body recover, but around the middle of November it’s back to work to get ready for 2009.”