Carlos Carrasco didn’t essentially flip in his greatest efficiency Wednesday afternoon, however he did have one of his most memorable ones. For the primary time in his 13-year large league career, his father, Luis, was in the group watching him pitch.
And after the Mets pulled out the win, they shocked Carrasco by having his father current him with the staff’s wrestling-style belt because the participant of the sport.
“When I saw my dad walking in, it was really emotional,” the 35-year-old right-hander mentioned after tossing 5 shutout innings in the Mets’ 5-0 victory over the Nationals at Citi Field. “It was really fun, really special what the guys did for me.”
Carrasco’s father, who lives in Colombia, had visited him a number of occasions when he performed with Cleveland, however they by no means may make the dates work in order that Luis was in the stands when Carrasco was on the mound. He was presupposed to be at Citi Field on Friday night time for his son’s outing in opposition to the Phillies, however his flight was delayed. There have been no such problems Wednesday afternoon. Luis was in the group sporting his son’s jersey.
“Throughout my career I’ve had a lot of ups and downs, and this is going to go in a special place for me because my mom saw me pitch in 2015 and my dad couldn’t come here,” Carrasco mentioned. “Now, virtually seven years later, my dad made it, and it’s going to go in a particular place for me.
“I was trying to do my best, to give the best to my dad and the team too of course.”
Carrasco improved to 6-1 and continued his robust bounce-back season after an injury-marred first marketing campaign with the Mets. He lost his command in the third inning, strolling three straight hitters, however rebounded by placing out Yadiel Hernandez to finish it.
SNY caught footage of Luis celebrating the massive strikeout, and when Carrasco got here out of the sport, he noticed a replay of his ecstatic father reacting to his large out.
“I almost cried at that point right there,” Carrasco mentioned. “I’m glad he got to see it and enjoyed the game, too.”