PHOENIX — As Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Cole Tucker left Chase Box past due Tuesday night time, he nonetheless couldn’t consider it.
Right here he was once, 18 years after cheering at the Arizona Diamondbacks as a child rising up in Phoenix, hitting a house run within the position he liked.
When the 22-year-old rookie homered Tuesday for the primary time since his April 20 major-league debut, Tucker actually laughed circling the bases, not able to forestall smiling, and screamed to his teammates.
“It was once nuts, guy,” Tucker, 22, mentioned after the Pirates’ 6-2 victory over the Diamondbacks. “I couldn’t even play it cool. It was once seeking to, however the 12-year-old got here out of me.
“It sounds tacky, however Chase Box, way such a lot to me. I grew up as a baseball fan right here. To hit a house run, it way the sector, guy.”
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Who can blame him?
He grew up worshipping the Diamondbacks and was once in attendance throughout Video games 2 and seven of the 2001 Global Collection. He couldn’t even consider that Corridor of Famer Randy Johnson, the Global Collection hero of their overcome the New York Yankees, was once if truth be told within the broadcast sales space observing his house run.
“Was once he actually?’’ Tucker mentioned. “Holy poop! That’s insane. My closet D-backs fan is popping out. I all the time dreamed about profitable video games on this stadium, and now I’m at the different staff and I nonetheless get to try this.”
If this can be a dream, Tucker pleads, please don’t wake him up.
He arrived early to Chase Box on Monday together with his father, Jackie. He sat in different of the similar seats he did as a child rooting at the Diamondbacks, however Tuesday for the encore, he were given to run the bases, identical to he was once a child after a Sunday afternoon house recreation.
“Ever since I used to be in fundamental college,” Tucker mentioned, “I knew that Main League Baseball was once a factor that individuals did. It was once my purpose, my dream, to get there. To be so just about the place that adventure started for me is superior.”
There have been about 350 family and friends from his place of origin of suburban Ahwatukee, together with grandparents and little league coaches, all screaming wildly.
And when he homered within the 8th inning, you must have sworn the sport was once in Pittsburgh with the loud cheers and party.
“Some of the coolest issues that I’ve ever skilled,” he mentioned. “Making your debut is superior, that’s No. 1, however this can be a shut 2nd. That is house. I grew up coming to video games right here. I discovered baseball right here. I taught myself the way to learn by way of studying the D-backs media guides.”
And now he can eternally say he hit a house run at Chase Box, or even were given the ball to end up it. A former scholar from Pinnacle Prime College, in opposition to whom Tucker performed whilst attending Mountain Pointe Prime, stuck the ball and returned it. Tucker gave him an autographed bat in trade.
“That’s actually great of him to do,’’ Tucker mentioned. “If I stuck a house run ball, I’d be like, later dude.”
Cole sat again and laughed. He was once nonetheless in disbelief.
He walked again onto Chase Box after the sport, seemed across the stadium yet one more time, soaking within the second, with yet one more dream.
Yep, sooner or later, he’d positive love to take a dip in that outfield pool at Chase Box.
“I need to cross in there so dangerous,” he mentioned.
Smartly, most likely sooner or later.
For now, it’s one dream at a time.
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