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Why White Sox’ Lenyn Sosa is most proud of walk in MLB debut

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Why Lenin Sosa is most proud of his MLB debut originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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After the Thursday night game, White socks newcomer Lenin Sosa was greeted with messages from his family saying how proud they were of him. In the sixth inning, they watched Sosa take the field to make his MLB debut. But like any MLB debut, it was more than just a baseball game.

“I was able to fulfill my dream,” Sosa said through a translator.

Initially, it seemed like Sosa would have to wait a day to make his dream a reality, as Tony La Russa had Sosa sit out his first day in the big leagues. But Josh Harrison took a hit to the right elbow in the fifth inning and couldn’t get to defense to start the sixth. So Sosa got the nod to replace him.

“Very happy,” Sosa said of his emotions when he heard he was coming into play. “Thrilled. But as soon as I got on the field, everything somehow went wrong.”

Sosa was met rudely in his first real act of the day. In his first major league at-bat, Sosa faced Felix Bautista, who had fired fastballs at 98 to 100 mph three times in a row. Sosa managed to foul on one of them, but on the fourth inning, Bautista mixed with the splitter at 87 mph and Sosa went down swinging.

However, in the second fight, he performed much better and managed to walk. It was the walk that Sosa was most proud of when the day was over. After that, he left four game balls to mark the moment.

“I’ve been working on it a lot, you know, with my walks and patience at home,” Sosa said. “Today’s walk was something that made me very, very proud. Even though it wasn’t a hit, I made it to the base. It was good.”

This caught the attention of his manager as well.

“I think his second at-bat was one of the highlights of the evening,” La Russa said. “That’s where we competed at that moment. He drew a walk, fouled on a couple of difficult pitches. I think it was very impressive.”

However, Sosa will most remember his debut not in a walk, not in an out, and not in the recording of the first transfer. This will be the exit from the dugout to enter the field for the first time.

“I’m just getting into the game. Go out on the field and see the crowd, the stadium, the fans. I have never played in such a stadium. It was pretty amazing.”

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