The Atlanta Braves called up 21-year-old Vaughn Grissom on Wednesday to face the Red Sox and he sent an immediate message in Fenway Park — or out of it.
For the second time this season, the Atlanta Braves made the bold decision to call-up a top prospect straight from Double-A to the big leagues. After Orlando Arcia injured his hamstring on Tuesday, the club made the call to bring up 21-year-old Vaughn Grissom to start at second base after calling up NL Rookie of the Year candidate Michael Harris II earlier this season.
As you might expect, even as the organization’s top prospect, Grissom did show some nerves at Fenway Park early on in his major league debut as he bobbled a groundball and then grounded into a fielder’s choice and then struck out in his first two at-bats with the big team.
On his third trip to the plate, though, the young up-and-comer made sure it was an at-bat he’d never forget.
Braves fans react to Vaughn Grissom’s first career home run leaving Fenway Park
For his first major league hit, Grissom got a meatball down the heart of the plate from Darwinzon Hernandez and the second baseman laid into it with a massive cut and put the ball over the Green Monster, over the Monster seats, and out into the streets of Boston.
Needless to say, the first hit of his career being a monster jack-job over the Green Monster had the Atlanta faithful quite hyped on social media.
That’s a moment that Grissom and Braves fans won’t soon forget, especially since it gave Atlanta a big 5-1 lead on the road as they looked to sweep the two-game set in Boston.
Take a bow, Vaughn Grissom. This is your moment and you most definitely made the most of it.