Before the season, LaMonte Wade Jr. was a player that was not on many people’s radar. Now, he’s one of the most popular players in the league. Wade has wasted no time impressing people this season with his abilities at the plate and on the field.
Now he’s getting ready to play in his first postseason of his career and he’ll be a key player going into the playoffs for the San Francisco Giants as they’ll look to make a run to the World Series.
This is Wade’s first season with the Giants and his third overall. From his teammates to the fans, everyone has enjoyed watching Wade go out there and play.
The only award named for a former player, the Willie Mac Award is the most special recognition a Giant can receive because it’s voted on by #SFGiants teammates, coaches and trainers, and by all of you, the fans.
Your 2021 Willie Mac Award winner: LaMonte Wade Jr. pic.twitter.com/tlLrDBUXCz
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) October 2, 2021
He was recently named the 2021 Willie Mac Award winner. The award is named in the honor of Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, and is given each year to the most inspirational player in a vote by players, coaches, staff members and fans.
“I’m truly blessed and honored to receive this award,” Wade Jr. said during a speech before Friday’s game against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park. “I’d like to thank my family, my mom and dad, friends, the Giants organization, the strength staff, the training staff for keeping me healthy this season. And of course, I’d like to thank Willie, who I know is watching from above. Finally, I would like to give a shout out to the fans here in San Francisco. You guys have been great all year and we appreciate the love and support you’ve given us and continue to give us.”
What made it better was that his family was able to be in attendance when he received the award.
“The last few days have definitely been very special,” he told NBC Sports. “To get the hit yesterday and to celebrate with the fans and my teammates like that was a very special feeling, and to not even know that my parents were in the stands last night was kind of cool. It was just a very special day today and to have my mom throw out the first pitch was just the icing on the cake. That’ll be a day we talk about forever and we never forget.”
For our MLBbro to win this award in his first season with the team is a special accomplishment for Wade. Wade finished the regular season with a .254 batting average and .484 slugging percentage through 109 games.
He also hit 18 home runs with 56 RBI and had six stolen bases.
Throughout the season, Wade has come through in clutch situations for the Giants and that’s why he earned the nickname “Late Night LaMonte,” for his late-game heroics during the season.
One of those was a ninth-inning walk-off single on September 30th against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Our MLBbro has been a key factor to the Giants success this season and he will look to make an impact in the playoffs. We all know the playoffs are a different atmosphere and there is a lot on the line.
But Wade will make the most of his opportunity in the postseason and don’t be surprised if he becomes a hero for the Giants.