The Pirates are currently sitting at an outstanding 17-8 record. A place that nobody expected them to be after almost a month into the season. Obviously this is a great feat that all baseball fans can appreciate. The Pirates are currently a feel-good story thus far, adding to that story, is veteran minor-leaguer Drew Maggi making his MLB debut.
In last night's 8-1 victory over the Dodgers, Drew Maggi made his MLB debut. What makes this debut so special, is that Maggi spent a total of 1,155 games in the Pirates minor league system. The 33-year old has had a total of 4,494 ABs throughout his 13-year minor league career. Drew was drafted in the 15th round of the 2010 MLB draft by the Pirates.
Drew came into last night's game, replacing Andrew McCutchen. He was able to get one AB, which resulted in a strikeout. Maggi's special moment was cemented as he was met with a standing ovation by the Bucco's fans. A beautiful moment that will forever be cherished.
After last night's victory, social media was flooded with videos that will pull on your heart strings. The amount of perseverance that Maggi was faced is quite extraordinary. Over the last 13 years, he could have quit at any moment. There is now officially one title that can never be taken away from Drew, a Major Leaguer.
Drew Maggi after his MLB debut:
"Anything is possible. Never give up no matter what you're doing. If you love something, go for it."