Anthony Volpe, just 21, could not be happier with his family as he becomes the starting shortstop for the Yankees in next week’s season opener.
The Yankees released a video on social media that captured Volpe’s family attending a celebration at the Steinbrenner Field dugout on Sunday.
He hugged his father, Michael, and his mother, Isabella, after nodding to confirm he was missing in a game against the Giants on March 30.
In the video, his mother says on the phone to someone in the middle of a hug. he did it all!
Volpe, who still seemed to have it all processed, began hugging the rest of the heavy family before another hug from Dad and a cry of “Yankee!” from his grandfather.
The New Jersey native wasn’t on a 40-man roster and played just 22 games in Triple-A last season, but he’s out of the starting lineup ahead of teammates Isiah Kiner Farafa and Oswald Peraza. , was an underdog, mainly heading into spring training. But Volpe did everything right to get his job.
Volpe batted .249 with 21 homers and 65 RBIs in the minors last season. But in his 17 games in the Grapefruit league this spring, he battled .
The Delverton alumnus was a first-round pick with the 30th overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft.
He will be the first Yankees rookie to open the season since Aaron Judge in 2017.