When manager Andy Green walked to the mound on Monday night, the plan was set in motion.
He congratulated Chris Paddack on finishing off his brilliant spring training with the San Diego Padres by throwing 2 2/3 shutout innings against the Seattle Mariners. Green then turned to Eric Hosmer, Ian Kinsler and Manny Machado as they surrounded the young pitcher and posed a question to the veteran infielders.
“He asked us what we were all doing Sunday and we said we would be right behind this guy playing,” Hosmer said. “I think he got the message.”
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Paddack broke into a smile on the mound as he realized the news being shared. He tried to stay stoic as he walked off the mound. But by the time he reached the dugout, the emotions had hit. He connected with his family and his best friend. He made video calls and relished in making the big league club.
“Tears of joy. Tears of hard work,” Paddack said. “Just reflecting on everything that happened, soaking it all in. They gave me some time to call the family. If you were in the hallway you probably heard me screaming.”
If only MLB mic’d up managers, just for these exact moments.
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