MIAMI (CBS/AP) – Springfield native Isan Diaz made his major league debut Monday for the Miami Marlins and homered on a 1-2 fastball leading off the sixth, a 422-foot drive to right that was part of a 1-for-7 day. It may have been Diaz's father, however, that stole the show.
The 23-year-old second baseman was among the four prospects acquired from Milwaukee in January 2018 for outfielder Christian Yelich.
A contingent of family and friends of the debutants cheered from the seats behind third base. Diaz's dad, Raul, was being interviewed on the Marlins' telecast at the time of the home run and screamed for about a minute.
"Isan Diaz is the real deal!" Raul declared at the conclusion of the interview.
Isan spoke about the home run after the game.
"Obviously, this was his dream, as well," Isan said. "I'm happy that I was able to finally be able to make our dream come true."
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