"Watch Mom and Dad like any Mom and Dad in any country in the world, reacting exactly like Mom and Dad."
The incredible Vin Scully always has the perfect commentary for great moments like this. For South Korea's Hyun-Jin Ryu, the moment won’t get any bigger or better than Saturday night when his parents made the trip to Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ to watch him do what he does best: pitch a baseball.
And pitch the 26-year-old rookie did, striking out nine Arizona Diamondbacks over six innings of work. He allowed three runs on six hits in the outing, which was good enough for his second career win, and part of the reason it was good enough was his own effort at the plate.
Ryu not only collected his first major league hit in the Dodgers 7-5 victory — a ringing double over right fielder Gerardo Parra's head — but an additional two singles and scored a run. He didn't drive a run in himself, but he kept the line moving and allowed the potent Dodgers offense to inflict even more damage.
But it was that first hit stole the show. Or more specifically, the reaction of his parents to his first hit that stole the show. Pure joy. Couldn't possibly be prouder. And the reaction of those around them (and of course, Mr. Scully) was equally cool as you could tell they were thrilled his parents were there to witness such a big moment for their son.
We'll call this our daily reminder of just how awesome baseball is and will always be.