Perfect pro start for Thomas Kahnle

"[My parents have] only come to my college games and the [three] games here [in Troy]," said Kahnle.

Kahnle won't likely get another chance to pitch locally, either. This was Staten Island's lone trip to Troy, and as with most players in the New York-Penn League, Kahnle's goal is to move up his organization's ladder from short-season Class A baseball to full-season minor league ball and eventually the major leagues.

"I'm just kind of enjoying it " living [in] the moment," said Kahnle.

And as if Kahnle needed any reminders of what organization he pitches for, his travels around New York City often have him passing by Yankee Stadium.

"I'm actually happy to be with this organization because of their winning tradition," said Kahnle, who grew up as a Cincinnati Reds fan.

Kahnle received two days off for the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, which took place Tuesday. Once Wednesday comes around, though, he'll be back in the bullpen waiting for his next chance to impress his new team.""

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