For the first time in his career, Framber Valdez’s dad got to see him pitch.
It’s not because he lives in the Dominican Republic that he hasn’t seen him pitch before. It’s because he has an intense fear of flying.
He put that aside and was sitting in the stands when his son took the mound Saturday night against the Phillies in Game 2 of the World Series.
His father said he got goosebumps looking around at the sold-out crowd of 42,926 to see how many people were wearing his son’s number 59 jersey.
Framber Valdez dominated the Phillies, striking out nine while allowing only one run in six and two-thirds innings.
His dad gets to fly back home proud, after witnessing his son pick up his sixth post-season victory, tying Pedro Martinez for wins by a Dominican player.
Game 3 is Monday in Philadelphia.