ARLINGTON, Texas -- A whirlwind Monday ended with reporters around Tommy Field’s locker in a still unfamiliar Texas Rangers clubhouse.
Searching for words that described the emotions of the day, Field told the media after an 8-2 win over the Kansas City Royals, “It was kind of a dream come true.’’
Penciled into the Rangers' lineup before his plane ever touched ground, Field arrived at Globe Life Park only a couple of hours before game time, too late for the second baseman to even field his first ground ball at the stadium.
But thankfully, word of his promotion arrived in time to give a cluster of friends and family a chance to travel from Waco to see the game.
“I don’t even know how many were here,’’ said Field, who grew up a Rangers fan. “My wife handled all of that. I was just trying to get here.’’
When his plane touched down, he learned from his wife that he was in the starting lineup. “So you better get ready,’’ she told him.
The 28-year-old Texan, summoned from Triple-A Round Rock when Rougned Odor went the other way earlier in the day, had played in a combined 33 major league games with the Rockies and Angels from 2011-2013.
In the first inning, Field, wearing No. 39, handled two routine ground balls flawlessly. He was in the middle of a tidy double play in the seventh.
Offensively, Field worked the second of the Rangers’ three consecutive walks in the second inning, setting the stage for a 4-0 lead. Hitless in his next two trips and with Texas comfortably ahead, Field’s debut seemed solid, but not spectacular.
That changed when, leading off the seventh, Field hit his first major league home run, clearing the center-field wall at an estimated 408 feet.
The ball was returned to him, so he’ll have that as proof that it all really happened.
“The travel was hectic, but playing the game outweighs anything else,’’ he said.
Energy influx: Rangers manager Jeff Banister said the energy that is brought to the team by a newcomer like Field or a player who is just starting to get more time like Delino DeShields can very well invigorate veterans.
DeShields sparked a four-run second inning with a bases-loaded double on a 3-2 pitch thrown by Danny Duffy.
“I was looking for a good pitch to hit and I knew he didn’t want to walk me,’’ DeShields said. “The more games I play, the more confident I get. There was no pressure -- bases loaded with no outs.’’
Banister said those early runs helped set up the rest of the game for winning pitcher Colby Lewis.
“In the first few weeks we were getting either hitting or pitching, but not both,’’ said DeShields. “The last week or so, everybody is contributing. We believe in each other.’’
Long ball is back: In addition to Field, the Rangers had home runs from Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre. It was the second in as many days for Beltre. The Rangers have 28 homers for the season in 32 games.
“As the weather heats up, guys in the middle of the lineup heat up as well,’’ Banister said.