After a one game detour, the Dodgers got back on the winning side of the ledger with a 7-2 victory over the Giants on Thursday night. The game had its fair share of highlights (and lowlights for the Giants), but the moment of the night came before the game and it belonged to Brusdar Graterol’s mom.
Mama Bazooka, Ysmalia, stole the show with a ceremonial first pitch strike to her son minutes before game time.
Her strike throwing ability had some asking if she was able to join the starting rotation for the playoffs. Jokes, aside, the video quickly went viral online, with a mix of sentimental reception and some memes showing her far superior pitch mechanics compared side by side to ESPN talking head Stephen A. Smith.
Graterol was reunited with his mother for the first time in seven years this week in an emotional scene caught on camera by the Dodgers. In her first time ever seeing her son pitch in person as a big leaguer, Brusdar fired a perfect 1-2-3 inning on Wednesday to continue a run of dominance on the mound.
It was a moment that was years in the making. As Juan Toribio on MLB.com notes, the two have dreamt of the long time coming reunion. Visa issues have kept Ysmalia and Brusdar apart through so many big moments over the last seven years.
The pitcher’s MLB debut. His World Series championship season. His wedding. The birth of his first child. It’s been tough for the two but she’s had nothing but love and appreciation from afar.
“It’s been wonderful. This is his dream,” Ysmalia said. “He worked so hard to be here and that makes me so proud of him and everything he has become. He’s my only child. Being here with his family has been beautiful. I’ve been shaking for days because I still can’t believe that we’re finally together.”Via MLB.com
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