In most ways, it was just about perfect.
In his major-league debut, Royals left-hander Eric Skoglund threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. He beat Tigers ace Justin Verlander. His parents, Cindi and Lennie, were in attendance. He received a standing ovation.
The ovation offered goosebumps, first baseman Eric Hosmer said. But it had a rival for the coolest moment of the debut. When former American League Most Valuable Player Miguel Cabrera stepped in the batter’s box against Skoglund, he offered a thumbs up and a quick head nod.
“That was a pretty special moment,” Skoglund said.
Welcome to the big leagues, kid.