House’s road to big-league debut wasn’t easy

TJ House makes his MLB debut on Saturday night.

TJ House makes his MLB debut on Saturday night.

Postscript: House was sent down to Columbus on Tuesday to make room for some fresh bodies with the big-league club. But after Zach McAllister was put on the DL on Thursday, House was recalled and will make his first big-league start in Baltimore on Friday.

So you think the life of a pro ball player is all glitz and glamour, huh?

TJ House’s road to his big-league debut on Saturday night was anything but – not that he cares.

House was in Rochester, N.Y., on Friday night, where the Indians Class AAA affiliate Columbus Clippers finished up a four-game series vs. the Red Wings. After the game, the Clippers left for Syracuse, where the Clippers would begin a four-game series on Saturday night vs. the Chiefs.

Twenty-five minutes in to the ride to Syracuse, Clippers manager Chris Tremie surprised House: He was on his way to the big leagues. But there was a problem: After the 1 hour, 40-minute ride to Syracuse, House found out that all flights to Cleveland from Syracuse were canceled.

So when they arrived in Syracuse, House drove back to Rochester, where he had a 6AM flight to Cleveland.

“I slept for 45 minutes,” House said.

He made his flight from Rochester and arrived in Cleveland around 11AM. He slept for 90 minutes or so, then came to the ballpark. House, who’d spent three days with the big club last summer – on the road in Baltimore — but did not appear in a game, entered in the ninth of a 6-2 game and pitched a scoreless inning.

After the game, House, who obviously hasn’t spent much time in Cleveland, was walking down East Ninth Street looking for his hotel when an Indians communications department staffer picked him up and delivered him safely to said hotel.

Sunday morning, House took a cab to the ballpark and signed for fans outside the Players Lot at Progressive Field. He said he was up until 2:30AM answering about 80 text messages from friends and family.

“And I would do it all over again,” House said.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

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