It’s been quite a journey for infielder Drew Maggi.
On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates called Maggi up to the Major Leagues after he had spent 13 years in the minor leagues.
Finally, at the age of 33, Maggi is getting his chance to shine on the big-league stage.
The 33-year-old infielder has yet to actually make his MLB debut just yet, but he’ll soon be able to experience that moment and the joy that comes with it.
The Pirates had an off day on Monday, but Maggi was able to experience being in Pittsburgh for the first time as a player.
On Monday, the 33-year-old stopped by MLB Network to reflect on his journey to the big leagues and how he’s managed to fight through so much adversity.
I even woke up this morning and… I had to look out the window and see PNC [Park] and I was like, 'Oh, it's still there. I'm really here.'"
Drew Maggi is soaking it all in, being called up to the @Pirates after 13 years in the Minor Leagues! #MLBTonight pic.twitter.com/zjCsE7LM5M
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) April 25, 2023
Maggi was a 15th-round pick in the 2010 draft by the Pirates.
The newest member of the Pirates first reflected on what it was like to be in the minor leagues for so long, recalling a long bus ride to Portland, Maine.
Maggi says that the ride lasted a total of 13 hours and that he and his teammates didn’t have long to get prepared for the next game.
Maggi also talked about what kept him going through the years and why he never gave up on his dreams, saying that it was his love for the game of baseball that kept him motivated to not give up and continue pushing for the opportunity.
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