Jackie Bradley, Jr. played in his first MLB game on Monday, walking three times, driving in a run, and scoring a run. He also made a great catch out in left field.
Dan Shaughnessy joined Gary Tanguay and Lou Merloni from New York City to discuss his first game, and Shaughnessy was impressed having watched the game in person.
"No question," Shaughnessy said, "I think that when he gets a hit we're going to have to name the field after him, because it's all coming here … The catch is going to be highlight reel stuff, but getting the guy in on a first and third with one out, that's a little thing. Getting to second base on the Iglesias grounder to the hole, little thing. All the pitches against Sabathia, seven-pitch at-bat in his first at-bat, little thing, and that wins games."
Tanguay doesn't need to see any more to know that Bradley, Jr. is right where he belongs.
"My feeling with him is, I don't care what the box score is - and a lot of this is tongue in cheek today - he looks like he belongs. We know it. We've seen it," Tangauy said.
One thing is for sure, if Bradley, Jr. is playing in the near future like has been up to Monday, he won't have to worry about being sent down to the minors.
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