Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco has been one of the most hyped-up prospects over the last few years. After recording 7 home runs and 35 RBI in 162 at-bats while slashing .315/.367/.586 with the Triple-A Durham Bulls, Franco made his long-awaited MLB debut against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. Needless to say, it didn't take long for him to show the baseball world exactly what he's capable of.
The Rays were down 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning when it was Franco's turn for his second at-bat. With the two men on base, the 20-year-old prodigy smashed a game-tying homer to left field. Fortunately for Franco, his father was in attendance for the picture-perfect moment and his reaction to Wander's first home run and hit was nothing short of priceless.
The fact that Franco's father had his phone out to record his son's at-bat makes the moment even better. It's always a parent's dream to see their child succeed at whatever they do, but it's pretty hard to top a game-tying home run in front of thousands of screaming fans during an MLB debut.
Unfortunately for Rays fans, Tampa went on to lose 9-5 in extra innings. However, the bright side is that Franco ended the night with a home run, a double, a walk and 3 RBIs. Needless to say, that's a pretty good debut.
Franco and the Rays have a chance to bounce back as they face the Red Sox in the second matchup of their three-game series on Wednesday. The Rays are currently favored to win the game at -148 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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