A baseball participant who spent 12 years within the minors obtained a standing ovation throughout his first profession at-bat within the huge leagues

  • Drew Maggi is an infielder who has performed 1,155 video games within the minors courting again to 2010.
  • On Wednesday evening, Maggi lastly made his main league debut.
  • The group gave Maggi a standing ovation as he entered the sport.

A lifelong ballplayer lived his dream on Wednesday evening, making his first profession plate look within the majors.

Drew Maggi, 33, had been within the minor league system since he was drafted in 2010 out of Arizona State. In that point, he is performed in 1,155 minor league video games however by no means took the sphere within the huge leagues.

The Pittsburgh Pirates referred to as up Maggi after outfielder Bryan Reynolds was placed on the bereavement checklist. Simply getting the information was an emotional scene.

However whereas placing on the main league jersey is one factor, getting right into a sport is one other. Maggi did not have the chance to get into the motion in both of his first two days within the majors. Nevertheless, on Wednesday evening, with the Pirates up 8-1, Maggi obtained his second, pinch-hitting for Andrew McCutchen within the eighth inning.

The house crowd in Pittsburgh applauded as Maggi took to the plate.

Maggi’s at-bat did not finish in any glory. He fouled off a ball, obtained referred to as for a pitch-clock violation, fouled off one other, and in the end struck out swinging, however for Maggi, it was nonetheless the second of a lifetime.

“It is the very best strikeout I ever had,” Maggi mentioned after the sport.

“I like baseball,” Maggi mentioned. “I used to be grinding for 13 years, however I used to be doing what I beloved. The last word objective is the large leagues. Simply sort of getting right here, my title is in historical past. I placed on a giant league uniform, and I shared the sphere with the world’s best gamers.”