After years of playing rookie baseball, Wynton Bernard has finally made it to the Major League, USA Today reports. After learning that he made it to the MLB, he called the person who helped him keep his faith and believe in his vision.
In an emotional clip shared by CBS News, Bernard tells his mother the incredible news, and both of their reactions are priceless.
“Mom, I’m going to the Major Leagues,” he says in the clip.
The emotions wash over her face as she processes the news.
“I’m going Mama,” Bernard repeats as he starts to choke up, too. “I promise, Mom, I’m going.”
“Oh son,” she responds. “I can’t believe it.”
Bernard then thanked his mom for her support throughout his career.
“I love you so much, Mom, thank you for everything,” Bernard says. “I couldn’t do this without you.”
"I did it, Mommy": After 10 years of playing in the minor leagues, Wynton Bernard will finally be playing Major League Baseball — and both he and his mom broke down in tears when he told her the news. pic.twitter.com/StEkQP4d0J
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 15, 2022
It’s been a long journey for Bernard, who started his baseball career 10 years ago when he was selected in the 35th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the San Diego Padres.
But instead of playing in the majors, he played three seasons in the Padres minor league and briefly played for organizations in Detroit, San Francisco and Chicago. Bernard also played in multiple international leagues, including the Mexican Winter League, Venezuelan Winter League and Australian Baseball League, with the hopes of boosting his stats and reputation to catch the eye of a Major League club.
His time and effort finally paid off when the Colorado Rockies picked up his contract in August, and he’s had a spectacular start to this new chapter of his career.
Bernard faced the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opener of a three-game series. He batted eighth and played center field, and walked away a champion, finishing with a single, a stolen base and one run scored in a 5-3 win for the Rockies.
As one of MLB’s newest stars, Bernard is hoping to pay homage to those who inspired him by inspiring others.
“I hope to give inspiration to many as so many have inspired me,” he wrote in a tweet pinned to his Twitter.
— Wynton Bernard (@SaintBerny36) August 14, 2022