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Vosler describes whirlwind of emotions in his Giants debut originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The call was 27 years in the making. It was short and sweet, a rush of a dream come true.
Giants infielder Jason Vosler finally was able to tell his mom he was a Major League Baseball player when he was called up Saturday before rushing to Oracle Park.
"Kap called me probably around 3 o'clock yesterday, so only a few hours before the game," Vosler said Sunday morning. "I had already been in San Francisco, but he just told me 'We're activating you tonight, get over to the ballpark.' Then it was kind of a rush to get over.
"I called my mom first and said 'Hey, I can't talk but I'm going to the big leagues right now.' Same thing to my dad, same thing to my girlfriend -- real quick. Just ran over to the ballpark to take some batting practice and get ready for the game."
Vosler grew up in New York, so none of his family were able to be in San Francisco for his first MLB at-bat, a pinch-hit pop out to third baseman Jon Berti in the eighth inning of the Giants' 5-2 loss to the Miami Marlins. However, his mother Susan, father Bob and girlfriend Courtney all stayed up late into the night to watch Vosler make his major league debut.
All three took an early-morning flight to San Francisco on Sunday and will be in attendance as the Giants finish their four-game series with the Marlins.
The Giants like Vosler so much they made him their first offseason addition last year, signing him to a one-year contract in November. Despite having no MLB experience, the Giants signed Vosler, who hit 20 homers in Triple-A in 2019 as a member of the San Diego Padres, to a major league contract.
He then hit .304 with four doubles in spring training before being sent to the Giants' alternate site to start the season with a roster crunch after San Francisco signed Tommy La Stella. Vosler said he played third base, second base and first base in games at the alternate site while also taking fly balls in the outfield during batting practice. He also mention Heliot Ramos and Will Wilson as two prospects who stood out in Sacramento, and Ramos "was raking."
"The difference in the alternate site this year compared to last year, it's real nice because we're actually playing real games against a different team," Vosler said. "You're not playing two innings and facing your own teammates over and over and over again like last year kind of was. That's great.
"We're playing nine-inning games, home and away, traveling to different ballparks with umpires. So it felt like real games. I was definitely ready because of that."
The alternate site prepared Vosler for the majors, but nothing can get ready for the emotions of making a lifelong dream come true. He admits he had "a lot of nervous energy all game" and took countless swings in the batting cage.
But when his name was called, he knew he was ready.
"When I walked out there I think I kind of sped everything up at first, and then their pitching coach went out there to talk to their pitcher and that helped me a lot," Vosler said. "It really relaxed me, it gave me some time. You know, when I stepped up there I felt pretty good. The nerves weren't as bad as I anticipated them to be and I was able to get a look around the stadium right as I stepped up to the plate, which was cool that I remembered to do that in that moment -- kind of just appreciated where I was.
"It was a pretty cool moment."