PITTSBURGH - Gregory Polanco flew into Pittsburgh shortly before noon on Tuesday. About eight hours later, he made his long-awaited Major League debut.
The game against the Cubs included his first major league hit, which earned the 22-year-old a souvenir, the baseball from that first hit.
By the time the Channel 11 News camera made a stop in the Pirates clubhouse, the ball was already protected in a hard plastic case, and on full display in the shelf above Polanco’s locker.
Channel 11’s Alby Oxenreiter asked Polanco if he was nervous for his first game, and he responded with a shy and reluctant smile.
“Yeah I was. I was nervous, but I’m OK now,” the right fielder said.
Then he proudly showed Oxenreiter the ball from his first career milestone.
The young prospect, who could very well be the team’s star of the future, has arrived.