As far as Mother's Day gifts go, it'll be difficult for Houston Astros pitcher Corbin Martin to top this year's.
With both his mother and grandmother in the stands, the right-hander made his major-league debut Sunday in Houston against the Texas Rangers.
It was an emotional day for all involved — and that was before Martin even took the mound.
"Nothing could beat this," his grandmother Barbara Gay, told MLB.com beat reporter Brian McTaggart as she wiped a tear from her eye. "Any game he's on the mound I'll be here. As long as I'm on this earth, I'll be here."
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Barbara Gay, grandmother of Astros prospect Corbin Martin, brought to tears at being at her grandson’s MLB debut on Mother’s Day. pic.twitter.com/KzRbIBKPjw
The Astros needed a starter to fill the rotation spot of Collin McHugh, who has been moved to the bullpen. Martin, 23, got the call after an impressive start at Class AAA Round Rock (Texas), where he posted a 1.48 ERA in five appearances and 24 1/3 innings.
He kicked his MLB career off in fine fashion, allowing just two runs and three hits in 5 1/3 innings and striking out nine. He's in line to get the win since the Astros held a comfortable lead when he exited after throwing 79 pitches.
The only question for Martin is how long he'll stay in Houston.
"I can't wait to get his jersey and put it on," Gay said. "Hopefully, if he makes it and they keep him, we'll all get jerseys with his name and number."
Hey, that's not a bad gift idea for next Mother's Day.
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