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BOSTON (CBS) – Jackie Bradley Jr. made his major league debut on Monday, and though he didn’t record the first hit of his career, contributed in many different ways to the Red Sox’ 8-2 victory.
Again on Wednesday night, the rookie phenom helped contribute to another Boston win, and this time got that first hit in the bigs.
“It’s a big thrill,” Bradley said of his third inning single to center, driving in Shane Victorino to put Boston up 4-0. “You always want to get the first one out of the way. I’m glad I did it, it was a big opportunity there and I got an RBI out of it too, so it’s pretty sweet.”
Jackie Bradley Jr. On First Career Hit:
Unbeknownst to Bradley, the ball was waiting for him in his locker after the 7-4 victory and will now be added to an already large collection of baseballs that have an assortment of different meanings to the 22-year-old.
Bradley finished his second major league game 1-for-4 with the RBI and two more runs scored, giving him four on the season. While some would caution getting over-excited for a player who is just 1-for-6, Bradley has walked three times and been hit by a pitch, giving him a .500 OBP. Add in his strong glove in left field and solid running on the base paths, and the rookie is contributing in nearly every way he can — even with just one hit.
“I always like to contribute and do the best I can, do whatever I can to help the team. As long as we win, that’s all that matters,” he said. “It’s always fun to win, that’s what it’s all about. When you’re winning, it’s fun; it’s easy to have fun.”
Bradley’s parents have attended both games in New York, and will be there Thursday night for the series finale, catching their son’s entire first series in the majors. Although they knew long before the fans in Boston, it’s hard not to see what their son can bring to the field on a nightly basis.
It’s only been two games, but it’s clear Bradley is where he belongs.
“I feel like I can compete at the highest level and I enjoy competing at the highest level. It’s where I want to be and where I want to stick,” said Bradley. “It feels great to be able to help out and do what you can; make the plays and also swing the bat.”