Pirates fans greeted Polanco with a standing ovation. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Pirates fans' spirits would have been lifted if Gregory Polanco threw out a Cubs baserunner at home plate, swiped a base or two, or... I don't know... hit a baseball into orbit.
None of those happened, and that last one has probably never happened. Instead, Polanco ended his Major League debut 1-for-5, striking out once and scoring on Andrew McCutchen's 3rd-inning home run. It was a regular-sized box score result for the prospect with super-sized expectations.
The most noise came via a 20-second standing ovation from most of the 31,567 fans who gathered for Polanco's Pittsburgh coming out party.
"I was a bit nervous, excited, emotional," Polanco said.
Heck, he even got cheers after that first a...
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