Everything was memorable about Scott Carroll's MLB debut Sunday — even the dinner afterward.
Carroll, a 29-year-old rookie for the Chicago White Sox, pitched 7 1/3 impressive innings, as The Stew already told you. He subbed for injured ace Chris Sale, getting the W in the White Sox's 9-2 win with more than 30 members of his family looked on from the stands. Carroll got a standing ovation from the crowd at U.S. Cellular Field, then wanted to celebrate with his family.
Scott Carroll asked Adam Dunn for a recommendation for a good place that could also take all 35 of his family members postgame Sunday— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) April 28, 2014
Dunn told Carroll he would make a few calls, and Carroll thought he was just getting him reservations at some establishment— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) April 28, 2014
Instead, Dunn set him up at @TimmyOTooles and paid the full tab. "That was the coolest thing ever," Carroll said of Dunn's actions— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) April 28, 2014
Dunn is making $15 million this season, and Carroll has been in the minor leagues since 2007, where some players are part of the "working poor" — so the two of them probably view a tab of perhaps a few thousand dollars a little differently.
But while the money aspect of this is nice, it's really one of those cases where it's the thought that counts.
“The kid pitched great; I know how special to kind of remember your first time,” Dunn told reporters on Monday. “It’s just something that was done for me. Hopefully he’ll be able to do it for somebody else. That’s one cool part of the game, where hopefully one day he’ll be in position where he able to do it.”
It's not just about a player buying dinner for a big group of people. It's about Adam Dunn realizing how special of a day Sunday was for Carroll and his family, and making things even better.
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