SF Giants History

VIDEO: Bruce Bochy hands the baseball to his son Brett Bochy to make his MLB debut, history is made

By Timmy Kennedy

The much anticipated major league debut of minor league reliever Brett Bochy finally arrived last night. However, unlike normal, the anticipation didn’t stem from his pitch arsenal, his ability or even his velocity. Nope, the anticipation stemmed from the fact baseball history was going to made. Bruce Bochy has already made much history during his illustrious career as a manager, but he made a unique piece of history last night.

When Bruce went to the mound to remove struggling Mike Kickham from the game, and bring Brett into the game, it became the first time ever that a son pitched for his father. Brett is a 27-year-old right hander, who was drafted by the Giants in the 20th round of the draft, four years ago from Kansas, and recorded one and a third, iffy innings, in keeping with the rest of the game.

Bochy junior entered the game in the sixth with bases loaded, and two outs. After walking home a run, he eventually ended the inning, inducing a fly ball in the infield. When he reached the dugout, Bruce was there to congratulate him as he descended the stairs. He went on to pitch the seventh, and recorded his first major league strikeout. He also gave up a two run shot to Scott Van Slyke, but who cares, the Dodgers’ lead was already unassailable and history was made.

The Bochy’s spoke to Yahoo after the game:

"“He’s had a journey,” Brett said late Saturday night. “It’s great to see the success he’s had. I’m glad I got a chance to share some of my success with him.” The family business is baseball, after all. And, still, it would be the longest of shots for their careers to find each other. Bruce was surrounded by his infielders. The game was miserably out of hand. The bases were loaded. “Hey,” he said when Brett arrived. “I’m sorry to put you in this situation.”"