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'He was not backing down': Tony Santillan says his 1st start was dream come true

When Tony Santillan walked up the dugout steps and onto the field before heading to the bullpen Sunday, it was his welcome to the big leagues moment.

The pre-game walk to the bullpen was a special moment for Santillan and for the family members who traveled to Great American Ball Park. A childhood dream finally achieved. He had a chance to take in the crowd before his first Major League start. It was the first time he’s pitched in front of that many people.

But once the pre-game festivities ended, Santillan’s nerves were gone. It just felt like another start, he said.