CINCINNATI, OHIO – The Cincinnati Reds had an unexpected star in the making during their game on Monday night.
Elly De La Cruz, a 20-year-old phenom, made his Major League Baseball debut in front of a sold-out crowd at the Great American Ball Park. And he did not disappoint.
In the top of the first inning, with runners on first and second bases, De La Cruz made a diving catch to rob the opposing team of a hit. The crowd erupted in cheers as De La Cruz got up, flashing a huge smile.
“I was just trying to make a play for my team,” De La Cruz said in a post-game interview. “I’m glad I was able to do that.”
But that was just the beginning. In the bottom of the first inning, with the bases loaded, De La Cruz hit a grand slam, giving the Reds a 4-0 lead.
The crowd was in awe of the young player’s performance. Many fans were heard shouting “Elly! Elly!” as he rounded the bases.
The Reds went on to win the game 6-1, with De La Cruz finishing with a batting average of .500, one home run, and four RBIs.
“I don’t think anyone could have predicted this kind of debut,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He’s an amazing player, and we’re lucky to have him on our team.”
De La Cruz’s incredible performance has already made him a fan favorite in Cincinnati. And it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of him on the field in the coming weeks.