Top Red Sox prospect Mookie Betts was called up to the majors on Saturday, and his first MLB game came during a Sunday Night Baseball telecast on ESPN. The pressure didn't get to him, as he picked up his first career hit in the fourth inning:
His family, who happened to be in attendance for his debut, was as giddy as the rest of us watching. Betts would also pick up a walk and score a run, and while he's got the wheels to be an effective basestealer, he was caught in his first attempt.
With Shane Victorino shut down until further notice, Betts could very well latch on in the Red Sox outfield for the rest of the year. If he hits and improves an outfield defense that could use it, the Sox could find a spot for him somewhere once Victorino finally does return. Triple-A posed no problem for him, even if it was only 23 games, so it's possible he's here to stay.
We'll see how things go, of course, as the majors are a whole different ballgame, and the Sox have a whole lot of moving parts to deal with. If nothing, else, we now have this photo:
And respect for Mark Teixeira for the good luck wishes for Mookie.