Braves’ Vaughn Grissom on Green Monster for his first major league hit

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For Atlanta Braves top prospect Vaughn Grissom, the “welcome to the big leagues” moment couldn’t have been sweeter.

Grissom, who was called up by the Braves on Wednesday from Double-A Mississippi, hit a home run on the Green Monster at Fenway Park for his first career Major League hit, adding a single and a stolen base in Atlanta’s 8-4 win.

Atlanta Braves No. 18 Vaughn Grissom bats in the third inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox on August 10, 2022 at Fenway Park in Boston.  It was his first Major League Baseball game.

Atlanta Braves No. 18 Vaughn Grissom bats in the third inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox on August 10, 2022 at Fenway Park in Boston. It was his first Major League Baseball game.
(Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

“It was like a ‘We made it’ moment, I guess,” Grissom said after the game. “Like a ‘We did it’ type feeling.”

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After going hitless on his first two hits, Grissom hammered the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning, flipping his bat as he watched his first hit land on Lansdowne Street outside of Fenway Park.

Grissom is the first Braves player to homer in his major league debut since Austin Riley in 2019 and only the 13th overall to accomplish the feat, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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“I just took a second for myself (before the game) to really look at everything and do my best to take a picture in my head,” said Grissom, who returned to the pitch with his family after the game. . “You really don’t know until you actually do it. I mean, you try to prepare and stuff, but it’s nothing like what you think it’s going to be.”

Atlanta Braves No. 18 Vaughn Grissom plays defense in the first inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox on August 10, 2022 at Fenway Park in Boston.  It was his first Major League Baseball game.

Atlanta Braves No. 18 Vaughn Grissom plays defense in the first inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox on August 10, 2022 at Fenway Park in Boston. It was his first Major League Baseball game.
(Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

For Atlanta, Wednesday’s win completed Boston’s two-game series sweep, which was much needed after lose four out of five against the New York Mets, who won first place.

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“We had a tough weekend,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “Which is good; it’s going to happen. I didn’t think it was going to be smooth.”

Atlanta Braves No. 18 Vaughn Grissom reacts after hitting a two-run homer against the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning at Fenway Park on August 10, 2022 in Boston.

Atlanta Braves No. 18 Vaughn Grissom reacts after hitting a two-run homer against the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning at Fenway Park on August 10, 2022 in Boston.
(Photo by Brian Fluharty/Getty Images)

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Grissom, a minor league shortstop, was selected by the Braves in the 11th round of the 2019 MLB Draft. I hit ninth and played second base on Wednesday night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report