Lance Lynn Discusses Opening Day Start, Mentality On The Mound

Josh Clark
July 13, 2020 - 11:46 am

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Texas Rangers starting pitcher Lance Lynn joined the Hot Stove Show on 105.3 The Fan over the weekend and spoke about being named as the club's opening day starter. 

Manager Chris Woodward announced on June 25 that Lynn would get the ball against the Colorado Rockies on July 24, which will also be the first regular season game to be played at the brand new Globe Life Field.

"It's a big honor whenever you can be the first starter out the gate for your team to kind of lead them into the season," Lynn said. "We had multiple guys who are deserving of that, and to be the first one out the gate is going to be exciting, and I'm looking forward to it."

Lynn, who compiled a 16-11 record with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 2019, is known for his toughness and the so-called "warrior mentality" on the mound. That trait isn't something you're born with, it's something you learn and add to your game. But where did Lynn pick it up?

"It started with my dad. No matter how you're feeling that day or whatever's happened, there's always a way for you to help your team win the game. If I was having a bad day, he would always tell me to stay in it, there's nothing you can do. You just always gotta keep going because you never know what you can do to help the team win that day," Lynn said of his father Mike."He pretty much instilled that in me early on and it stuck with me. I'm going to get it everything I got for as long as I can and when you look in the mirror later that night you know that you left it all out there for your teammates and that's what it's all about."