David Peterson reflects on his MLB debut

first_imgPeterson said manager Luis Rojas called him the morning of the start, telling him he was officially getting the ball. He said his excitement began during warm-ups, and he didn’t begin to relax until the first out which didn’t happen how he expected it to. The 24-year-old lefty took the mound at Fenway Park without his wife, family or friends in attendance, but said he could feel their support from across the country. Peterson pitched 5 2/3 innings, scattering seven hits and allowing two runs. “It’s definitely a nerve-racking situation in my debut with the bases loaded and no outs, especially against that lineup,” said Peterson. “I mean just trying to focus on my breath and focus on what I needed to do was the biggest thing I needed to do to stay calm in that moment.” “I’ve worked so hard to get to that point, but now it’s about working hard to stay here in the big leagues,” said Peterson. “Achieving one goal is just opening the door to a whole bunch of new goals for me.” After originally getting drafted by the Red Sox out of high school in 2014, getting the start at Fenway held extra weight for him. “Since I was a little kid dreaming about that moment, I didn’t dream about it with no fans and in a pandemic,” said Peterson. Former Rumble Pony Pete Alonso shared encouraging words with Peterson as they left the field after the first inning, causing Peterson to break out in a smile captured by the cameras. Peterson said his wife’s friend turned it into a GIF. Peterson followed his first out with his first MLB strikeout – getting J.D. Martinez to go down swinging. “To have him be the first strikeout, it helped me relax even more.” Peterson went on to strike out Martinez again in the third inning. He finished the game with three strikeouts. “No matter what my debut was going to be special obviously, but doing it at Fenway versus somewhere that I don’t have really have any sort of connection or anything, it definitely heightened the moment for me and I was more excited,” he said. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. Peterson said he still hasn’t fully processed his debut, and parts of it are blurry. He spent time today watching big moments back and hearing perspective from his family and friends who have pointed out things he didn’t realize at the time – like his first pitch. “I tried to take as much as I could in once Luis took the ball and I was walking off,” he said. “Once I got on the bench I had like a permanent smile on my face, it was a dream come true.” The only trouble Peterson ran into came in the third. A bases loaded, no-outs situation resulted in Peterson allowing just one run. (WBNG) — David Peterson never anticipated his Major League Baseball debut to take place the way it did. With the hardest part out of the way, Peterson is ready to get back out on the mound. “I had no clue how bad it was until one of my friends posted a story and I was like ‘wow, that was out there.'” “In all the times I’ve had dreams about my MLB debut, I’ve never dreamed of giving up a single off the wall and the guy getting thrown out at second for my first out,” said Peterson. “Pete said something to me and I said something back and it was just a little exchange there. Basically just I got out of my first inning and he’s really good at doing that, keeping it light.”last_img read more

In the blast zone

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ESG integration helps returns, volatility: State Street survey

first_imgESG integration varied from those excluding certain categories of companies, to and investment targeting firms that score high on ESG criteria. The form of investors’ engagement was also included in the study.Although a significant majority of investors already applied ESG criteria in their investment process, the proportion of the investment portfolio subject to the criteria was limited. The research revealed that 44% of institutional investors had less than a quarter of their assets invested in this way, with 17% indicating it applied to more than half of their investments.State Street said it expected that the average proportion of ESG-integrated investments would increase to 40% in the coming years.The asset manager noted that investors planning to extend their ESG strategies were facing obstacles, such as difficulties in finding a benchmark and a lack of uniform ESG definitions and standards.Other problems included assessing asset managers’ ESG credentials, the costs of ESG integration, and a lack of in-house expertise.The survey included investors in the Netherlands, UK, France, Germany, the Nordics, Italy, and Switzerland.In separate research published this week, consultancy firm Cambridge Associates found that unlisted impact investment funds in asset classes such as timber, real estate and infrastructure could generate returns similar to those from funds without a specific environmental tilt. However, the research noted that fund selection was key to successful allocations. The report is available here.Last month, asset manager Hermes found a link between higher credit spreads and weaker ESG scores for corporate bonds. Integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into investment policies generates strong returns and can dampen volatility, according to an investor survey by State Street Global Advisors (SSGA).SSGA questioned 475 institutional investors from around the world, and found that eight in 10 were satisfied or very satisfied with the returns from their ESG investments.In addition, State Street found that 69% of the respondents indicated that ESG strategies had assisted in keeping volatility in check.A majority of the surveyed investors said that they planned to increase their responsible investments.last_img read more