BOSTON -- It was an all-around memorable day for Boston Red Sox first baseman Travis Shaw. The son of former Major Leaguer Jeff Shaw, Travis collected his first Major League hit as part of a 3-for-4 night as the Red Sox won 4-3 over the Miami Marlins.
It started out when Shaw was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier in the day. Not only did he get his locker stall back in Boston (Shaw's now in his fourth stint with the team this year), he was also penciled into the lineup by manager John Farrell, hitting eighth, in place of the struggling Mike Napoli, who sat out for a second straight game.
Shaw singled in his first at-bat in the second inning, collecting his first hit in nine at-bats with Boston this year.
"It's only been nine [at-bats], but stretched over a couple of months, I was ready to get that first one out of the way," said the 25-year-old Ohio native. "So it's a big relief, you can stop waiting for it."
He then roped a single to center in the fourth inning that looked ticketed for extra bases -- had he not lost his footing rounding first base.
"I just slipped," Shaw said blushing.
But base-running mishap aside, Shaw couldn't have been more excited to call his father -- who developed into an All-Star closer with the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers in the course of his 12-year MLB career -- with the news after the game.
Tuesday also happened to be Jeff Shaw's 49th birthday.
"He's been one of the biggest hitting coaches I've had in my life," Shaw said of his father. "He's seen me grow up, he's seen my swing evolve. Obviously, he was a pitcher, so he sees a different side of it, but he's been one of the biggest influences in my baseball career."
Shaw, who possesses the ability to play both corner infield positions, was a repeat draft selection of the Red Sox in 2011 after not signing with the team in 2008. He's stuck out to manager John Farrell in his development at the plate through the last couple of years working with the big league team in spring training.
"Even before he got his first big league hit here tonight, he took some good swings on some pitches," Farrell said. "You get a chance to see a guy over a couple of spring trainings and you see their confidence and their maturity -- he's come a long way."
Now, Shaw has proof of it to boot.
"It's a great birthday present for [my dad], hopefully," Shaw said. "This will be one for him to remember and it'll be something that I definitely remember."