TORONTO -- Reese McGuire became the latest Blue Jays rookie to enjoy a successful debut when he doubled during the ninth inning of a 9-4 loss to the Indians on Thursday night at Rogers Centre.
McGuire was officially promoted from Triple-A Buffalo earlier in the day, but his family had advance warning and was able to schedule a trip in time for his first big league game. They were rewarded by getting to see McGuire start behind the plate and close out his night with a double off the wall.
The positive day wasn't limited to his performance in the batter's box, either. McGuire was tested early in the game by the speedy Jose Ramirez, and McGuire responded by throwing out the potential American League MVP Award candidate at second base.
"It's crazy," McGuire said. "I was drafted by Pittsburgh, and so the whole route there, I'm thinking PNC Park and that's going to the debut. With the trade to Toronto, the whole vision kind of changed and then it became here at the Rogers Centre. It's everything I dreamed of, except the win. I'm just happy to be here."
McGuire said the moment he will never forget from this game happened shortly before first pitch when he noticed his family in the stands. He had just enough time to run over for a quick hug and hello before it was time to get down to business alongside Blue Jays starter Sam Gaviglio.
After McGuire doubled in the ninth inning, he was able to get his hands on the ball. He said it's something that will be displayed in his home for years to come. The memories from this night might never fade.
"It was just awesome to see them here," McGuire said. "Knowing that they skipped out of work and popped on a plane. They weren't too bummed about that."