SAN FRANCISCO — Giants catcher Chadwick Tromp kept his eyes on Texas Rangers right fielder Joey Gallo as he rounded first base. Tromp wanted to make sure the ball he just hit through the infield for a single didn’t leave his sight.
“It’s going to go home, and it’s going to be in my house, and it’s going to be in a glass box, and it’s going to stay there for as long as possible,” Tromp said Friday of the keepsake from his first major league hit in the fifth inning in what became a 9-2 Giants win.
“It’s probably going to be in the middle of my house, to be honest with you.”
Tromp also had an RBI double in the sixth inning in what was his second career MLB game, setting off what he felt was sure to be a party back home in his native Aruba
Per baseball-reference.com, Tromp is only the ninth player from Aruba to reach the major leagues. Xander Bogaerts of the Boston Red Sox is the only other Aruba-born player presently in MLB.
“The community back home, they’re going nuts,” Tromp said. “I’m going to be honest with you, it’s crazy. People are celebrating, the whole island is practically celebrating. And to be honest with you, I love it because we’re such a small island — and it’s very important to them because it puts us on a bigger scale and shows the world that we’re a small island, but we also do big things in life.”
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“I think there’s a ton of people celebrating on behalf of Trompy today,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Friday. “When we told him he was going to make his major league debut, it was a pretty emotional moment for him, and rightfully so. When a guy gets his first major league hit, there’s usually someone in the dugout (waving) to the field, essentially a sign that we need to get that ball.
“What I thought was really interesting in today’s game was everybody was making that motion. Everybody wanted to make sure we got that ball for him.”
Just getting to this point was an accomplishment in itself for Tromp, who was on his way to play college baseball seven years ago when he had a chance encounter with a major league scout.
Tromp told KNBR on Friday that he was asked by a friend, a pitcher, to catch a bullpen session for him in front of a pro scout. Turns out, the scout liked what he saw from Tromp and asked if he had signed with another team.
At that point, Tromp was then effectively showcasing his talents. After the scout saw him play in a game, Tromp was signed by the Cincinnati Reds.
Tromp slowly and steadily climbed up the Reds’ system and was playing Triple-A on a full-time basis by the time he was 23. In August of 2018, though, he tore his labrum and needed surgery, and didn’t return until last July.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports