In case you missed it over the weekend, Mike Costanzo is officially a Major League Baseball player.
Costanzo, one of three players shipped to the Astros in the November 2007 trade for Brad Lidge, made his ML debut on Sunday. He came on as a pinch-hitter for the Reds and lifted a sacrifice fly in his first career at-bat.
Not only was Costanzo originally chosen by the Phils in the second round of the '05 draft, but he's also a local kid from Springfield, Pa.
After getting traded to Houston and then to Baltimore, the Orioles asked Costanzo to switch to pitching in April 2010. Costanzo refused and was promptly released. He spent two weeks playing independent ball in Camden before signing with the Reds in May 2010. Over the past three seasons, Costanzo has alternated between Double-A and Triple-A. The 28-year-old was hitting .291 with three homers and 11 RBIs for Triple-A Louisville at the time of his recall.
With Scott Rolen hurt again - this time with shoulder pain - Costanzo could conceivably get some playing time at third base for Cincinnati. At the very least, he'll give the Reds a lefty bat off the bench.
And if you like this kind of feel-good story, here are some of Costanzo's quotes from Sunday:
"A lot of emotions are running around in my head. It's been quite a journey for me. I'm ecstatic about being here. ....... I love baseball. Definitely being 28 and in Triple-A the last five years, going to indy ball and doing all of that stuff, it makes you wonder sometimes. Never did I want to stop playing. ......... A lot of guys never get the chance. For me to get it, it's been unbelievable. The best feeling was when I called my parents. It was awesome."