On day of first callup, Duvall in dugout for no-no
Lincecum makes sure new teammate has unforgettable debut in Majors
SAN FRANCISCO -- Given the smile on Adam Duvall's face as he sat in the clubhouse after Tim Lincecum's no-hitter on Wednesday, it's likely only Lincecum had a better day than Duvall.
A few hours earlier, that seemed impossible.
With Angel Pagan placed on the disabled list, Duvall found out Tuesday night he was being called up. He caught an early-morning flight directly from Austin, Texas, to San Francisco and, thanks to a flight delay and traffic, arrived at AT&T Park right before Wednesday's first pitch.
Three hours after arriving in a Major League stadium as a big league player for the first time, Duvall witnessed his first no-hitter in person when the Giants beat the Padres, 4-0.
Welcome to the Majors, kid.
"It was a long night and I didn't get much sleep, but I got here and got to witness that, so that was awesome," Duvall said through a beaming smile. "I came in, threw my stuff in my locker and ran out there.
"Obviously, I'll never forget my first day being called up, but especially not now."
After receiving word his dream was coming true, Duvall texted his parents to tell them he'd like them to answer together when he'd call in a few minutes. The 11:30 p.m. call was a struggle for the 25-year-old, though.
"It was like somebody punched me in the chest. I just couldn't get any words out. I was excited and at a loss for words," a still giddy Duvall said. You dream about this for so long as a little kid. To finally be able to hear the words out of the manager's mouth that you're going up, it's awesome and it's something you can't prepare for. It's just an awesome feeling."
His parents promptly booked a flight to San Francisco from Louisville and were in attendance for Lincecum's mastery.
"As the game went on, it seemed like he got better and better," Duvall said of his new teammate. "I know he's got lights-out stuff, but being able to witness something like that in my first day here, it's a little hectic and it's awesome."
With Fresno, Duvall was leading Triple-A with 23 home runs in 67 games in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. He knows cavernous AT&T Park isn't kind to power hitters, so he's going to have to try not to pull the ball much. He knows he'll have to try to take advantage of the park's spacious gaps.
But all that starts on Day 2.
A few minutes after meeting the team's clubhouse attendants, Duvall strapped on his cowboy boots and walked toward the clubhouse exit, ready to end the most unforgettable 16-hour span of his life. He had one item to grab on his way out: his airline luggage.
Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanhood19. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.