I never get tired of reading stories about how guys I’ve photographed wind up making their Major League debuts.
The Hunter Jones story is a doozy. Hunter, a 25-year-old lefty pitcher who was with the Greenville Drive in their 2006 inaugural season, got the phone call at 3 a.m., according to an MLB story by Ian Browne.
He was in a hotel room in Rochester, N.Y., where his Triple A Pawtucket team was in town for a game. He got on a 4:45 a.m. shuttle, Browne writes, got a flight to JFK Airport (which was late departing) and eventually got on the mound to pitch a scoreless inning for the Red Sox on April 20.
According to the Providence Journal, “Jones was given two scorecards and two baseballs as souvenirs” and texted his parents and friends after the game.
Including his first game, Jones has now given up four hits and two runs in 6.1 innings, but threw six strikeouts and has held opposition batters to a .174 average.
Jones was part of the talented 2006 team, and I had a chance to photograph him a couple of times that year.
07 May 2006: LHP Hunter Jones of the Greenville Drive, the Boston Red Sox affiliate of the Class A South Atlantic League, in a game against the Rome Braves. Photo by Tom Priddy/MiLB.com and Four Seam Images