Culiacán.- The day came to Joey Meneseswho on Tuesday morning was called up to the big team of the Washington Nationals, with whom he had a spectacular presentation by shooting a home run in his first game to crown the capital’s 5-1 victory over the New York Mets.
The culichi arrived at the big top after the change of Juan Soto and Josh Bell to the San Diego Padres. During his first practice he could be seen smiling and excited.
His first turn came and there, the Culiacán Resources League player was anxious and threw the five pitches, taking a couple of fouls and receiving his first strikeout after a slider by veteran Jacob DeGrom, who was making his first start of the year after recover from injury.
In his next appearance in the batter’s box, the Culiacan native hit a fly ball to the right field. By the seventh inning, he there he threw the first pitch to deposit it behind the fence between center and right fields, to the surprise and hubbub of the fans and booth.
Meneses went through the bases with seriousness, however, a smile appeared on his face when he stepped on the register. Thus, Joey Meneses becomes the first Mexican to shoot home runs in his debut, in addition to being the sixth Culiacan to reach the Major Leagues and the first of them to be a batter.
The culichi is the twenty-third Sinaloan to drink his cup of coffee in the best baseball in the world and the 143rd native Mexican.
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In total, Meneses had to wait ten years to be able to debut in the Major Leagues, going through organizations of the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox and finally, the Washington Nationals, with whom he fulfilled his dream.