The long-awaited major league debut for Cesar Puello began when he met Albert Pujols and Mike Trout.
It peaked when Puello drove in the go-ahead run with his first major league hit, and it ended with Puello securing the last out of the Angels’ 5-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Baseball can work in funny ways, and it can also reward the perseverance that Puello displayed in a 10-year path to the majors that came to fruition Wednesday at Angel Stadium.
“I came here and I got a good opportunity and thank God for [helping me persevere],” Puello said. “I’m very thankful to be here.”
Puello spent eight years in the New York Mets’ organization, first as a non-drafted...