As a ballplayer, there are certain moments shared with teammates that seem to outlive any play, game, or season.
While hitting a go-ahead or walk-off bomb is an incredible, personal accomplishment, it’s the ensuing reaction of your teammates that makes it so memorable. There are always those one or two guys – your closest buddies on the team – who are especially excited for you, just as you’d be for them. Perhaps excited isn’t even the right word. Rather, they’re proud of you.
Those emotions were transparent last night following Matt Joyce’s go-ahead, three-run shot, as he navigated the Rays’ dugout through a sea of high-fives and hugs. Waiting for him at the end of the line was his good buddy and teammate since 2009, Reid Brignac, who greeted him in a manner that screamed, “Dude, I knew you could do it.”