Atlanta Braves pitcher Darius Vines made an impression on more than just Braves fans in his rock-solid MLB debut. The right-hander took the field on Wednesday night in a game against the Colorado Rockies, and in Atlanta's 7-3 win, Vines was electric on the mound.
Vines went six innings against the Rockies, recording five strikeouts and allowing just four hits and two earned runs.
During the game, the Braves' broadcast caught up with Vines' mother, who was in attendance for his son's MLB debut, and she was extremely proud of him, to say the least.
“He deserves this. He works so hard for this,” she said through tears. “When he was about five years old, he was like ‘Mom, I want to be a professional baseball player,' and today, we're here watching him. I am so proud of him. He is doing a great job.”
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The heartwarming moment encapsulated the breakthrough moment for Darius Vines, who has had a long road to the major league stage.
Vines was drafted by Atlanta with the 217th overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft after spending his college days at Cal State Bakersfield. The now 25-year-old then spent the next few years bouncing around Atlanta's farm system, including with the Gwinnett Stripers and Rome Braves.
Vines was called up to the big leagues on August 28, and it's safe to say that he seized his opportunity during Atlanta's west coast trip.
While Darius Vines doesn't figure to be a huge part of Atlanta's postseason equation in just over a month, he has still established himself as an important part of the Braves' pitching room heading into the future.