They say “first impressions mean everything” especially when you're playing at the biggest level in your sport. For one player, all he needed was one pitch to make his first impression.
Chicago Cubs top catching prospect Wilson Contreras was promoted from Triple-A Iowa to the big leagues this past weekend. He was able to get his first taste of Major League Baseball on Sunday when he made his debut in "the show." It was a pretty special day for Contreras, here’s what made it that way.
With the Cubs leading the Pirates 4-1 in the bottom of the 6th, manager Joe Maddon decided to use Contreras as a pinch-hitter to see what he can do. Watch the moment below:
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Contreras swung at the first pitch he saw and sent it over the center field wall.
Wrigley Field erupted as the 24-year-old Venezuelan touched all the bases with his first major league at bat. Even so, the fans kept roaring which prompted Contreras to run back out for the curtain call.
Contreras was enjoying every bit of the special moment. There's been much speculation over who's going to be the next catcher for the Cubs after that long ball and Contreras doesn't seem to be bothered by the media, but he was in fact still in shock over his remarkable debut.
When asked about the round-tripper, Contreras stated that he was “waiting for my first major-league at bat, but didn't imagine it would be a homer.”
Contreras also said he felt like he was “high in the sky.”
With Contreras blowing the expectations out of the water, it only seems fitting that he is on team that is dominating the league with young talent. One thing's for sure, the Cubs are here to stay for a long time with these up-and-coming prospects.