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San Francisco Giants rookie infielder Mauricio Dubon went from idolizing Brandon Crawford to playing alongside him.
Dubon made his Giants debut against the San Diego Padres Thursday night and told reporters after the game how special the moment was for him.
“First inning, I looked to my right, and there are those two,” the rookie infielder said of Crawford and Evan Longoria. “It was unreal. I looked to my left and saw [Brandon] Belt. I looked down and said, ‘Oh, there’s me.’ It was pretty special.”
Dubon moved to Sacramento from Honduras when he was a teenager, and took a picture at Oracle Park 10 years ago (which would’ve technically been AT&T Park at the time) predicting he would play there one day. His favorite player was Crawford.
“That’ll be the craziest thing about the whole thing, playing next to him,” Dubon told KNBR before the game. “It still hasn’t sunk in yet.”
Starting at second base, Dubon recorded his first hit as a Giant and made an impressive defensive play as well. His two host families from Sacramento were at the game, and Dubon said he saw them cheering after the play.
“I got the hit and looked up, and they were cheering,” he said. “It was emotional. The background, the country. First big-league hit. I mean, it was pretty special.”
Dubon was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers just before the trade deadline. The Giants traded Ray Black and Drew Pomeranz to acquire the Honduran infielder.
The Padres beat the Giants 5-3 and the two teams will play again Friday night at 7:15 p.m.
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