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A Colorado Rockies rookie and his family shared a sweet moment on Wednesday during the team’s 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
Rockies catcher Brian Serven was making the first at-bat of his career against the Giants. On the first pitch, he fouled it off into the stands at Coors Field. A fan would run over to scoop up the ball and give it to Serven’s mom, who was in attendance with his father watching the game.
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Laura and Jim Serven got the ball while a Rockies communications employee gave the fan a Brendan Rogers autographed baseball.
“It’s pretty funny that she got the first ball that I fouled off in the big leagues,” Serven said. “”But the story out there, I don’t know if I’m believing it.”
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He added the swap was “pretty cool.”
Serven, who eventually went 0-for-2 in the game, said it finally hit him while he was warming up with starting pitcher Kyle Freeland that he was making his major league debut.
Freeland said Serven did a “great job.”
“Very happy to have him behind the dish. I threw to him in spring training. I threw to him in Triple-A when I was rehabbing last year. He’s one of those guys that wants to learn. So I’m very happy to have him back there today,” Freeland said.
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Serven was a fifth-round draft pick in 2016. He played in 23 games for Triple-A Albuquerque and hit .273 with a .913 OPS with five home runs before getting called up.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.