San Diego Padres catcher Brett Sullivan (29) had an unforgettable day. A situation in which only 255 congratulatory messages were received. what happened to him?
On the 4th (Korean time), Sullivan started as the ninth hitter catcher against the Cincinnati Reds in the ‘2023 Major League Baseball’ held at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA.
On this day, Sullivan showed his best performance since his debut. He went 2-for-4 with 2 hits (1 home run), 4 RBIs and 1 run, hitting long hits such as a double and a home run, contributing to the team’s 7-1 victory.
Sullivan joined the Tampa Bay Rays with the 508th overall pick in the 17th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft. He then went on to play for the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego. He entered the major leagues as a second baseman, but switched his position to catcher after one season. After 8 years and 715 games, he ended his minor league life with no end in sight, and on the 17th of last month, he stepped on the big league stage for the first time in his life.
At the time, Sullivan was named to the major league roster in place of Luis Campusano (25), who was absent due to a thumb injury. Since then, he has often played in the game, supporting his master, Austin Nola (34).
Sullivan had the best day of his debut, recording his first extra-long hit, home run, and RBI. There were numerous superstars on the team, including Xander Bogatz (31), Juan Soto (25), and Fernando Tatis Jr. (24), but Sullivan was the brightest player on the day. 메이저놀이터
After the game, Sullivan looked back on the best day after his debut in an interview with the official major league website ‘MLB.com’. “Our team is full of all-star players. Still, I’m glad I can work in any way. It’s amazing that he can contribute to the team by catching the ball (as a catcher), hitting it, or anything else.”
Prior to this day, San Diego had a batting average of 0.168 from the catcher position, which was the lowest in the league with the Miami Marlins. However, Sullivan energized the team’s offense with a home run and two RBI doubles. He said, “When I saw the home run hit, it was like a dream come true. I heard the cheers of the fans, and I tried to get into (the atmosphere), but I felt like I was going to pass out,” he said, looking back at the moment of the home run.
Sullivan continued the interview. His cell phone was full of messages from friends congratulating him on his first home run and RBI. Sullivan wanted to feel a little more of the afterglow of his outstanding performance along with his team’s victory, saying, “There were 255 congratulatory messages.”