Seven years ago today, I made my MLB debut against the Rays. To step onto that field in Tampa while wearing the Royals gear was a dream come true. I spent so many years in Venezuela and in the minors training for that very moment. All of those hard days of squatting in the heat while wearing the heavy catching gear became worth it that day. My mom made so many sacrifices for me to get to that point. I knew that if I could have success in the majors, I would have the ability to take care of mom and all of my loved ones for the rest of their lives. I remember thinking that playing for the Royals could be the start of something very special for me.
This day is even more special because I was also able to get my first RBI, on a sacrifice fly, and I got my first MLB hit on a single up the middle. It is hard to believe that this day was just a small taste of what was to come in my career: Six MLB All-Star games, four Gold Gloves, a World Series MVP, and a World Series Championship ring. I am especially grateful for my mom and all of the support she has given me, and those who have helped me along the way. I couldn’t have done it alone.
I can truly say that now, seven years later, I am still living out my dream. I am still working harder than ever to improve, and I have so much more that I want to achieve. Now I have a new dream, and that is to be mentioned with the greats of the game before my career is over.