After 10 years in minors, Wynton Bernard makes debut for Rockies with hit, stolen base and run scored – CBS Sports

After 10 years in minors, Wynton Bernard makes debut for Rockies with hit, stolen base and run scored - CBS Sports

Looking for a feel-good story from Friday night’s Major League Baseball action? Of course you are. Who doesn’t like to feel good? Wynton Bernard has you covered here.

Bernard made his debut with the Rocky Mountains in their 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks, and let’s just circle back to game in a second.

Wynton Bernard was drafted by the Padres in the 35th round in 2012. Although he was drafted out of Niagara (New York) University, he was born and raised in San Diego, so it was a funny little story to be selected by his hometown a team . Not surprisingly, most 35th-round picks don’t make the majors. Many don’t even come close.

Bernardo would not give up though. He hung around in the minors for 10 years, appearing in 863 minor league games. He also appeared in action in the Atlantic League (independent), Venezuelan Winter League, Australian Baseball League, Mexican Pacific Winter League, Dominican Winter League and the Constellation Winter League (independent).

He spent parts of four seasons and 241 games at the Double-A level and 417 games in parts of six seasons at Triple-A.

On Friday, he was able to inform his mother that he was finally going to The Show:

Bernard mentions his mother taking care of his father there. Details about it, from the Denver Post:

Bernard’s voice cracked as he recounted his mother’s unwavering diligence in caring for his father, Walter, who passed away in 2010. Bernard told himself that he would work as hard as she had in pursuing her lifelong dream.

Hold back those tears. We’re not done. Here’s his first walk on Coors Field, along with audio from his Triple-A manager:

Bernard grounded out in his first career at bat and struck out the next time up. Then things got really fun. He easily hit an infield grounder — he was initially called out, but a replay overturned the call for his first career hit — stole second and scored a run on a sac fly.

His reaction to the flip and the family shots are such good stuff. The full broadcast provided many more fun moments, including how happy the digger was congratulating Bernard in the dugout after he won. And he was all smiles the whole time. Good for him.

Speaking of family, Wynton becomes the third member of his immediate family with ties at the highest level of a major professional sport, along with two of his brothers. Walter Bernard had a short NFL career in the early 2000s and Wayne Bernard signed contracts with both the Raptors and Kings in the NBA. Wynton honored them both on his crashes on Friday:

A pretty good moment, to say the least.

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