He had to wait around for fifty-five minutes after the scheduled start time, and his outing was cut short by rain, but in the end, Washington Nationals' prospect Lucas Giolito was thrilled that he got the opportunity to make his MLB debut last night in the nation's capital.
His family and friends were in attendance in Nationals Park as well, which meant a lot to the 21-year-old, 2012 1st Round pick, who was widely considered the top right-handed pitching prospect in baseball heading into this season.
"My mom, dad, brother, one of my best friends from home, my girlfriend and I think a few others kind of managed to make their way over here even if I didn't really talk to them much," Giolito joked.
While it was the start of his major league career, it was the culmination of a long road from California to Washington, D.C., and he was happy that he was able to share the experience with the people who helped him get there.
"I don't know if my dad was even able to watch, he might have been hiding somewhere really nervous. But, I think he probably kept it under control. It means the world.
"My family has been there every step of the way, going back to when I was in Little League, my mom and dad driving me to games, going to travel baseball, waking up at 5:00 in the morning and going to God knows where in the middle of California.
"It all led up to this moment and I'm really appreciative of what they've done for me and that they were able to see it."
Giolito threw 45 pitches over four innings of work, allowing just one hit before rain stopped the game for an hour and twenty-five minutes.
Nats' skipper Dusty Baker made the decision that the right-hander wouldn't return after the rain delay, but he was impressed with what he saw from Giolito while he was on the mound.
"He was very good," Baker said. "We were hoping that that rain would subside, but it didn't. He showed good control.
"He got out of whack a little bit there, then he found it back. He had a good fastball, which we knew, and he threw some outstanding breaking balls and a few changeups."
It didn't last long, but Giolito took the mound in the majors, and that's all that mattered, even if it wasn't exactly like he pictured it.
"I never saw rain in the forecast at all," Giolito said, when asked if he ever thought about a night like last night when he dreamed of his first MLB start.
"I thought it would be 72, sunny, all that stuff, that's how I dreamt it, but I'll take what I can get. An MLB debut is an MLB debut and I'm glad I pitched well."
Giolito's debut was captured for posterity in a Topps NOW card which is available until 1 PM tomorrow (6/30/16).
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