Sucre Makes MLB Debut vs. Good Friend Elvis Andrus
Throughout the season, Mariners broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith will provide content on From the Corner of Edgar & Dave, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the Mariners players and organization. In this installment Aaron talks to rookie catcher Jesus Sucre about making his Major League debut, with his good friend Elvis Andrus in the opposing dugout.
There was a moment prior to Friday night’s game so brief, it was easy to miss. Before first pitch, Rangers leadoff hitter Elvis Andrus stepped inside the batters box and put his arm around Mariners catcher Jesus Sucre.
Andrus, a two-time American League All-Star, is from Maracay, Venezuela. Sucre, making his Major League debut, is a native Cumana, Venezuela.
Although the two grew up six and a half hours apart, baseball brought them together long before Friday night.
“Elivis is one of my best friends from back home in Venezuela,” Sucre said after the game. “He came up to me and made me feel good by telling me ‘have a good game, good luck, I’m glad you’re here.’”
Jesus and Elvis became good friends by once sharing the same clubhouse — in little league. They both played shortstop for the same team growing up and are now reunited on baseball’s biggest stage.
So who was the the better shortstop as a kid?
“Him, definitely him,” Sucre said with a smile. “He always made those plays he makes now in the Big Leagues.”
Fast forward nearly 20 years and, as Andrus was about to see the first pitch of the game, he had one final comment to Sucre.
“We were talking about my mom [who still lives in Venezuela],” explained Sucre. ”Elvis said, ‘Hey, you’ve got to say hi to your mom for me.’”
A mom who has seen her son — and his good friend — come a long way since little league.