Cranston Native, Hendricken Alum Tommy Pannone Recaps Wild Rookie Year
From closing out state championships at Hendricken to hurling For the blue jays... Tommy Pannone is a big leaguer.
His rookie season didn’t start as he hoped. Pannone was suspended 80 games for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. He says he passed a lie detector test with the highest possible score saying he didn’t know how it got in his system. The suspension still stood.
Traded from the Indians system to the blue jays for major league reliever joe smith... showing Toronto’s high interest in him. In his first big league start for the jays... he held the orioles hitless through six
Growing up about an hour from Fenway Park in Cranston.. you’d think there would be plenty of Fenway park memories to reflect on.
But it was still a homecoming. Pannone reunited with his parents... family and friends.