“My Mom Worked So Hard To Help Me Get To Where I Am Today” | Cardinals Shortstop Masyn Winn Excited For Call-Up To Majors
When the St. Louis Cardinals drafted shortstop Masyn Winn in the second round of the 2020 MLB Draft, the belief was he’d be the man up the middle for the foreseeable future. Last Friday that belief became reality as Winn made his long-awaited MLB debut.
Winn displayed some real pop in his bat with 18 home runs in 105 games with Triple-A Memphis. That in part is a huge reason why the dynamic two-way shortstop was called up late this season.
Winn, the Cards top-ranked prospect was projected to be called up to begin the 2024 season, but with Cards struggling, and in last place in the NL Central (55-72), team brass decided now is a good time to get Winn some reps and early preparation for the 2024 season. An excited Winn credits his mom and family for their unwavering support in his baseball journey.
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On Monday, Winn told reporters this about his magical weekend ….
“I was telling some of the guys, it might have been a bigger weekend for my family than it was me. My mom worked so hard for me to get where I am today. For it to finally pay off and see them get to reap the rewards, it was fantastic. They loved it.”
Winn Collects First Hit In First MLB Game
Winn who’s batting .224 with four hits thus far, collected his first hit in his first MLB game on Friday. After the hit Winn’s ball was accidentally thrown into the stands by Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, who immediately realized he made a mistake. The ball should’ve been given back to Winn as a keepsake to commemorate his first MLB hit. The fan who caught the ball was more than willing to give it back so that Winn could gift his mom.
Alonso apologized, and in an attempt to make amends even sent Winn an autographed bat, and an expensive bottle of tequila. The Mets slugger chopped it up to a complete brain fart, which he apologized religiously for over and over.
Rookies Get Tacos For Vets
While Winn may have been the club’s top prospect, he’s now the young rook, and that means he’s going to get the gopher treatment from established veterans for a while. After a weekend of home games against the Mets, the Cards traveled to Pittsburgh to begin a series with the Pirates, and this is where being the rook doesn’t have its privileges.
Winn said the vets sent he and fellow rookie MLBro Jordan Walker to pick up food. While he didn’t mention if they made them pay, that also usually comes with rookie territory.
“Last night we had to go pick up all the tacos for the big dogs,’ so we walked over to get them in our suits,” Winn said. “Jordan’s been great so far, helping me out with things like that. It was cool.”
With Walker and Winn now up in the majors, next up is hurler and future “Black Ace” Tink Hence, who’s now the top prospect for the club. Hence, should be get the call-up very early in 2024.