What’s next for Luke Williams?
Walk on the moon?
Seriously. Have you seen what this kid has done in the past few weeks?
First, he scored a record sheet for the Phillies’ Triple A Lehigh Valley team, then he joined Team USA and led that club in batting along the way. with helping to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics Then he received the call that every football player dreams of. Tell him he’s heading to the big leagues.
and next thing you know He stood on the pitch at Citizens Bank Park on a hot night hugging his mother, father, brother and sister.
“You can̵7;t think like that,” said the 24-year-old California man, his eyes gloomy from that moment. “It was incredible.”
Yes it is.
The Phillies played their final Wednesday night when Williams, on his second day in the majors, stepped onto the plate and belted two homers just below the ninth inning. to lift his team to a stunning 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Williams’ first big league homer came the same night he hit his first big league double and the night after he won his first big league win.
Before the game-winning homer that came on a 0-1 slide from left-handed Will Smith. The Eagles haven’t been hit since the fourth inning. The attack was doubled by Williams.
A homer who drives Williams’ heartbreaking line to the left. Two came after Andrew. McCutchen walked eight full pitches to give the Phillies little hope.
Williams turned hope into victory. in which pitcher Zach Evelyn (six innings, one run) and Ranger Suarez (Three innings can’t score a goal) Absolutely deserved. and personal dreams come true
What a way to kick off your first big league – with a barking celebration at home.
“I don’t know if I have an explanation in this moment,” said Williams, who was the Eagles’ third-round draft in 2015. “I’m still trying to figure it all out.”
With years of experience and perspective, Manager Joe Girardi can understand.
“There’s a lot of emotion there,” he said. “This game is so much fun and can be heartbreaking at the same time because of moments like that.”
Williams hit. 444 (8 for 18) with a double, triple, homer and six RBIs in four games to help Team USA qualify for last week’s Olympics. He won’t go to Tokyo because the Eagles need him in the big leagues. but it’s okay
“This is something I’ve always dreamed of,” he said of doing majors.
Evelyn left the game. Watch the ninth inning in the trainer room with a few other pitchers. When Williams stepped onto the plate
“It’s electric. It’s really electric,” Evelyn said. “We were in the trainer room. We said it existed. We said, ‘Captain America is going to end this here.’ We said and he hit it. We’re freaking out
“I think the children need this want to see that passion and that fire For it to come down two deep in the ninth and for Luke to club a two-run homer, of course, it could be a change in momentum heading into tomorrow. we are boiling It could very easily be one of those moments in a season.”
The Eagles have had trouble doing anything consistently this season. After 60 games, they are 29-31, four games behind the NL East’s top Mets and half a game behind second-placed Braves.
Fans have yet to lag behind the team. Citizens Bank Park opened to full capacity, but Wednesday night (13,552), the crowd was the third-smallest in ballpark history. The crowd on Tuesday night (13,125) was the smallest.
Perhaps the Williams heroes will bring out a few more fans on Thursday afternoon when the Phils will have a chance to win the series behind their best pitcher Zack Wheeler.
During the post-game Zoom meeting with journalists Williams tried to recall the last time he was run by Homer. Finally, he remembered doing it as a teenager in a playoff game.
“Doing it in the big leagues is elusive,” he said. “I think my phone exploded with a text message the other day. I can’t imagine tonight.”
Moments after the home run sealed the victory. Williams was joined on the pitch in front of the dugout by his parents. Mark and Jeanine Brother Ike and sister Samantha The scene was both gentle and triumphant. My parents had been to Florida for the Olympic qualifiers last weekend. He flew home to Southern California on Monday. then back east to Philadelphia. When their sons were called on Tuesday, Samantha is from Iowa, where she plays softball, and Iowa State, and Ike from Utah, where he is a student at the University of Utah. Big brother Jake was unable to get in because he was out. from the country and have to go through covid prevention measures
“It’s incredible to have them come here to witness this in person,” Williams said. “It’s not just me who came here. I have many people who help me, my family, friends, coaches.
“It’s not the easiest journey. This is awesome.”
yes it is