Within sports, there are sometimes moments that are bigger than the game being played on the field. It helps humanize what is going on and makes for a great story.
For Dodgers relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol, one of those moments occurred during the team’s game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. His mother was in attendance for the game, and it was the first time that she had been able to see him pitch in the major leagues.
Graterol said that he had been trying to get his mom to come watch him play for seven years, and it finally happened on Tuesday. He was overcome with emotion and spoke about everything after the game.
“A lot of emotion. So much emotion that I didn’t know what to do,” Graterol said in Spanish. “I didn’t know how to control it. Only cry out of happiness.”Per The OC Register
It’s moments like this that make sports great. It’s a special opportunity for a mom to see her son do what he loves for the first time, and it was incredible to witness.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts gave his thoughts on the situation after the game and even admitted that it was hard for him not to become filled with emotions.
“It was emotional. You sort of get into the game mode, but how can you not appreciate that emotional moment for Brusdar and his family?” said Roberts. “It was a special one. One of the top moments I’ve ever been a part of.”Per Dodgers Insider
Graterol threw one inning of work against the Tigers and showed his mom what he could do. He has been one of the more relied-upon members of the bullpen since he arrived in Los Angeles.
The relief pitcher made it clear what his goal is for the rest of the season, and how he wants his mom to celebrate with the entire team.
“The goal is to have her celebrate the World Series with us and when she wants to go back, she’ll go back,” he said.Per The OC Register
If LA is able to win the World Series, it would be a special moment for everyone involved. But for Graterol, he could share it with her, and that would mean the world to him.
The Dodgers will continue pushing forward with the playoffs starting soon. LA finishes their home stand this week before they head out to finish the regular season on the road against the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants.
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