There are plenty of great stories to take away from Opening Day of the 2013 MLB season, but one of the more surprising ones may have been the emergence of Jackie Bradley Jr. as he played a key role in his MLB debut in helping the Boston Red Sox pull off the big road win against the New York Yankees. Even though he failed to record a hit, Bradley came up big with his base running and defense as he managed to record three walks while scoring two runs in the team’s 8-2 win on Monday.
For the special occasion, Bradley celebrated in a way that nobody could have predicted in a million years–by going to Applebee’s.
Bradley discussed in an interview on Tuesday how his family had never been to Times Square and since they were in town to watch him play against the Yankees, he wanted to show them around the big city–which apparently also included a trip to the popular restaurant chain for dinner.
It may have only been one game, but it’s difficult not to look ahead at what this season could have in store for Bradley and the Red Sox as the 22-year-old showed plenty of potential in his debut against the Yankees. Going up against C.C. Sabathia is never an easy task, but Bradley looked like anything but a rookie on Monday and let’s hope it remains that way throughout the course of the regular season.
Who knows–maybe Bradley will have an excuse for more celebrations at Applebee’s if Boston can bounce back and be contenders in 2013.
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