27-year-old career minor leaguer became choked up after learning he'd made the Phillies' Opening Day roster

Brock Stassi was drafted in the 33rd round and has spent the past six years in the Philadelphia Phillies’ minor-league system. 

But after a solid spring training performance, Stassi on Thursday was named to the Phillies’ Opening Day roster. Addressing reporters from his locker after he got word of the news, Stassi couldn’t hold back his emotions. 

“It’s a dream come true,” he said, before apologizing to wipe tears from his eyes.

“I always believed in myself. I always had confidence that I would work hard,” he added. “When I was in high school, I wasn’t recruited to go to college, and then late pick, so a lot of confidence. It was always my end goal. I never doubted myself ever.”


Stassi’s younger brother, Max, is currently a catcher in the Astros’ system. He shared his congratulations on Twitter. In the note, Stassi gave a short summary of Brock’s incredible journey to the big leagues. 

Those sacrifices paid off for Brock, who is now on the Phillies 25-man roster.

.@Phillies rookie Brock Stassi just made his first #OpeningDay roster.

His reaction? Amazing. https://t.co/Vfnk6itfM7 pic.twitter.com/fQTmcqyYzE
— MLB (@MLB) March 31, 2017

Stassi very emotional, choking back tears and calling it “a dream come true.” pic.twitter.com/jcUb5H9UYZ
— Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) March 30, 2017

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