Oh. My. Gosh. What a whirlwind of a couple of days we have had! I’m sure everyone knows now (because I have been posting about it non stop #oops) but my husband was called up to the big leagues!!! This has forever changed our lives. No matter what happens from here out, Jake can always say “I pitched in the big leagues for the Kansas City Royals.” Moments like these happen once a lifetime. Moments like these are something that Jake (and all baseball players) dream of achieving. Well he did it guys! I could not be more proud of him.
Lots of people have asked what it was like when he got the call up, so I am going to share it with you since we were together when it happened!
We were in Omaha Monday spending the off day together. My friend Sidney was still with us and she was leaving the next day. She volunteered that morning to watch the kids at the hotel for us so that we could enjoy a nice dinner and a full nights sleep. She didn’t have to offer twice because I was on board immediately. Dinner + sleep… what more could a mom ask for?! WELL.. we got way more than we had expected!!
Jake and I had just sat down to eat at a nice steakhouse in Omaha. We ordered our beer + wine and immediately put our food order in because I had been craving a baked potato All. Day. Long. So anyways, we got our drinks and they brought out this huge loaf of bread while we waited for dinner. Jake’s phone rang and it was a number that he didn’t recognize. Jake is that annoying type of person who doesn’t answer numbers that he doesn’t know, but since it was an Omaha number, he decided to answer it. THANK GOODNESS HE DID!
Me being the annoying/nosey wife that I am was trying to listen to the phone call from across the table. I thought it was our host family saying we could move in early or something.. but Jake’s tone was much more professional and calm and quiet than he would usually be. I could not possibly think of who else he would be talking to during what was suppose to be a nice, romantic dinner for us. Once he was hanging up, he said, “Thank you, I appreciate it man.” Then suddenly I got this very strange feeling in my stomach. I started to slice up the bread because I’m awkward and didn’t know what else to do (Reminder: I hate the bread from this place). Jake just set his phone down and looked at me with his hands folded on the table. Right at that moment I knew it was the call he had been waiting his whole life for.
We held a long stare for a couple of seconds before finally I was like, “Can you say something…” and then he said the words that I have always wanted him to say to me.
“I’m going to the big leagues, Bree”
Here I was… still trying to cut this freaking bread because I was in total disbelief. I just kept saying “no” while he was shaking his head in disbelief. Neither of us felt like it was real. I started to cry (of course) and I got up to sit on his lap and hug him. We sat there in silence for a while, just soaking it up. I remember I kept making awkward eye contact with the lady behind us. But I wasn’t going to let her rain on our parade!! We just hugged and hugged and I kept telling him how proud I was. But I still could not believe it.
Jake could seriously only say, “What is going on??? I can’t believe this. What is going on?!?” We were just in total shock. I have thought of this moment since we’ve been together. I always thought he would be calling me to tell me instead of being there with him. I always pictured I would be in a grocery store or something and he would call me to tell me the life changing news and I would just collapse to the floor in a puddle of tears. Instead I was with him and I am forever grateful for that moment we shared- just the two of us.
We both instantly lost our entire appetites. I could not even think of taking a bite of a baked potato any more. I couldn’t even think straight (clearly couldn’t even cut the bread) so we told the waiter there was an emergency we needed to leave. We canceled our order, paid for our drinks, and left feeling completely different from when we walked in just 5 minutes before.
This moment is something that neither of us will forget. Our entire lives have changed just from one phone call. We knew it would happen. We knew. We just never expected it to be like this or this early in the season. We don’t know what lies ahead, or how long this will last because nothing is ever permanent in baseball.. But we know that we’re here now and we are going to enjoy every minute of this. We are going to soak up all the experiences, all the feelings and emotions, and all the love and support while we can because we will never get to relive Jake’s MLB debut. I love you Jake, and your family is so incredibly proud of you.