Grandparents are great. They give you candy. They tell your parents to ease up on the nagging. And they brag about you you to all their friends, even for the littlest things.
Grandparents, man, they're always super, super proud of everything you do. But unlike the rest of us underachievers, Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz actually gave his grandpa something to celebrate: an MLB debut.
The 24-year-old had his first start at the mound on Sunday during New York's 7-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Not only did Matz pitch a more-than-respectable six strikeouts, allowing just two runs across 7 2/3 innings, but he managed to go 3-for-3 at bat as well.
Grandpa couldn't contain himself, particularly after a two-run single from Matz in the bottom of the sixth.
Or after Matz hit a two-run double in the second for his first MLB at-bat:
Matz ultimately drove in four runs, the highest for any pitcher in his debut, ESPN reported. His four RBIs were also a Mets record for a player debut in the majors.
But what made this perhaps even sweeter for Matz's grandpa is the young pitcher also happens to be a Suffolk County native and a lifelong Mets fan. Gramps spoke to MLB after the game, calling it an "an emotion that there's tears, there's smiles, there's happiness."