After 13 years of grinding in the minors, Drew Maggi has his first big league hit. Check out Drew Maggi first at bat and where is he from.
Drew maggi : First at bat | Speech | Where is from
Maggi played in the Dominican Winter League and Mexican Pacific Winter League during the 2016–17 offseason.
Maggi was chosen to represent the Italian national baseball team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic and the 2019 European Baseball Championship.
He played for the team at the Africa/Europe 2020 Olympic Qualification tournament in Italy in September 2019, and was suspended for 12 games for his part in a brawl in that tournament on September 21.
After 13 years in the minor leagues, Drew Maggi was greeted with a standing ovation when he made his major league debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.
The 33-year-old, who played 1,154 games in the minors, pinch hit for five-time All-Star Andrew McCutchen in the eighth inning with the Pirates ahead by seven runs.
Drew maggi first at bat
Drew Maggi got his first two major league hits Saturday night, three days after making his big league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates following 13 years in the minor leagues, in the Pirates 16-1 rout of the Washington Nationals that concluded a day-night doubleheader sweep.
The 34-year-old lined a 2-2 splitter from Hobie Harris into center field for an RBI single in the seventh inning, boosting the Pirates’ lead to 13-0.
“Just trying to breathe and look for a pitch I could hit,” said Maggi, who was optioned to Double-A Altoona on Saturday morning and was appointed Pittsburgh’s 27th man for the doubleheader, necessitated by Friday’s rainout.
“Not trying to do too much. It was like the perfect hit too, cause I saw it go right through the middle and it’s so vivid in my mind right now,” he said. “I was so happy I got it done, got that weight lifted off my shoulders.”
Knowing he was playing his final game before being sent down, Maggi was determined not to waste an at-bat and fouled off a pair of 2-2 pitches before making solid contact.
“It was kind of like it was do or die here,” he said. “I know, of all people, that this can end very quickly. Who knows where it goes from here. Maybe I never get back up here and that was it. That was going through my head the whole day, so it was kind of like, ’you know what? I’m swinging. I’m going out hacking.’”
“It’s the best strikeout I ever had,” Maggi said with a smile after the Pirates beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1.
Shelton, who was Twins’ bench coach then, was thrilled that he was able to get Maggi in.
“That was cool. That was really cool,” Shelton said. “I mean to be able to, as long as I’ve known him, to be able to be the person that was telling him (to pinch-hit) was just really cool.”
“This is it. This is the moment,” Maggi recalled thinking.
With fans chanting his name and teammates eagerly watching from the dugout rail, Maggi fouled a fastball deep down the left-field line and fell behind 0-2 on the clock violation as the crowd of 12,152 booed plate umpire Jeff Nelson.
Maggi said he never had any regrets for spending more than a decade in the minors. However, he admitted Wednesday’s at-bat made all those years of chasing his dream worth it.
“I love baseball,” Maggi said. “I was grinding for 13 years but I was doing what I loved. The ultimate goal is the big leagues. Just kind of getting here, my name is in history. I put on a big league uniform, and I shared the field with the world’s greatest players.”
Maggi spent a few moments after the game visiting with family along the box seat railing. The magnitude of the moment hit him once he saw his parents, who had made the trip from Phoenix, and other family members.
Where is Drew Maggi from
Maggi is of Italian descent and he played for the Italian national baseball team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.