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.
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.
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We all remember the epic bat flip from Goodwin after hitting a walk-off homer against the Cleveland Indians on August 1st. That moment right there was a pivotal one for Goodwin. He let the rest of the league know that he’s about that action.
Despite his many destinations, this season, Goodwin’s had some superstar moments that have contributed to the Chicago White Sox being legitmate World Series hunters for the first time since 2005.
The Sox are a team filled with talented players and on paper they are one of the best MLB squads. Goodwin has found a way to insert himself into the lineup and make an impact whenever he steps on the field.
“We never really look at the lead, the records, the lists, the rankings,” Goodwin said. “Just keep our eyes off it and keep our heads straightforward, to the next game. See them when they get here and beat them. The mentality hasn’t changed since I got here.”
It seems as if Goodwin has found a home in Chicago. Goodwin brings that dog mentality to the South Side and that fits perfectly with the team.
“These last couple of months, I don’t even know how long I’ve been here, but it’s flying by,” he said. “It’s still the same excitement I had since Day 1, and I’ve been embraced like family since I got here.”
Goodwin is hitting .232 with seven home runs and 22 RBI on the season. The numbers don’t do him justice because wherever the team needs him to play, he goes out there and gives max effort.
He has played all three outfield positions and has hit in six different spots in the lineup. Goodwin doesn’t have to start every game to make an impact. He understands his role.
Most importantly, Goodwin has a lot of respect for his manager, Tony La Russa.
“He still has a lot of old-school philosophy, but he has a personality that fits in pretty much with any crowd or generation,” Goodwin said of La Russa. “Baseball takes care of itself because we’re all on the same page there, and he has a great personality off the field, so he covers all the bases, right?”
Goodwin has a chance to be a part of something special this season so don’t be surpised if he has some historic moments in the playoffs. Unheralded, sometiems undervalued players often come up huge in October.