Special moment: Tom Hamilton watches son’s first big-league AB
Monday was a special day for the Hamiltons.
Nick Hamilton, an Indians 2012 draft pick after helping lead the Kent State Golden Flashes to the College World Series that June, found himself in the lineup as the designated hitter on Monday as the Indians took on the Cincinnati Reds from Goodyear Ballpark. Originally, Nick Swisher was in the lineup as the DH, but when the Reds said pitchers should bat — Cincinnati was the home team — Indians Manager Terry Francona sent Swisher home.
When the DH was re-installed into the game, Hamilton got the call. And his dad, Indians radio play-by-play man Tom, was on hand for the incredible moment:
Said Nick Hamilton after the game: “It was really just a lot of fun. I’m just grateful for the opportunity to be able to get out there and get that first taste of playing in the big leagues. It was just a lot of fun and something I can learn from and build on from here.
“Eventually, looking back, I’m sure this is definitely something that I’m going to cherish.”