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