White Sox starting pitcher Scott Carroll has to be considered the feel-good story of Sunday's action. The 29-year-old Carroll toiled in the minors for seven seasons before 2014 without having ever seen the majors. Along the way a hip surgery and an elbow surgery slowed him.
With the Chris Sale injury, there was an opening in the Chicago rotation Sunday and Carroll got his chance. All he did was go out and work 7 1/3 strong innings, allowing only one earned run on six hits. Here are the highlights, and pay particular attention to the 1:55 mark of the video, where he's getting a standing ovation and his mother can be seen shedding some tears of joy.
Great, great moment. Mrs. Carroll wasn't alone, either (via ESPN Chicago):
“I had to hide back some tears and fight through that because it's been a long road for my family and me,” Carroll said. “They've been through all this stuff with me ever since I was a kid, taking me to games as Little Leaguer.”
“For me to finally achieve my dream, for my mom; she's an angel, and she's put in a lot of hard work taking care of me through two surgeries,” Carroll said. “It was pretty awesome.”
Anyway, now that the lead is sufficiently buried and the background is all in place, this fun little news nugget surfaced Monday:
Carroll asked Dunn for restaurant suggestion. Dunn called O'Toole's, made res and said put it on my tab. Group was 30-plus.— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) April 28, 2014
And congrats to Carroll. That's quite a journey. Hopefully the free dinner was one to remember. He earned that much.
Hat-tip: Hardball Talk