Tuesday marked a significant evening for Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brusdar Graterol. Not only did his team secure a victory against the Detroit Tigers, but, in an extraordinary turn of events, his mother, Ysmalia Graterol, was present to witness it firsthand. After a seven-year separation, Ysmalia Graterol had finally managed to travel from Venezuela to the United States to visit her son. Their reunion was nothing short of deeply touching.
"It was an incredibly special moment. I've always dreamt of pitching in front of my mom," Graterol expressed, as conveyed by his interpreter, according to ESPN. "Given the recent success I've had on the mound, having her here was an emotional and heartwarming experience. We never lost hope in any situation, and fortunately, we found a way to bring her to the United States."
Ysmalia had unfortunately missed out on numerous major milestones in Graterol's adult life and career due to her inability to visit the U.S. Although these were heart-wrenching moments in the past, both mother and son are now immensely grateful to be reunited.
"There were many difficult moments," the pitcher admitted. "She wasn't here when I made my debut, got married, or became a father. Those were tough times. But being able to share these moments with her now is truly special."
Graterol's teammates were overjoyed to witness this heartwarming reunion between the player and his mother.
"It was an emotional experience. How could you not appreciate this moment for Brusdar and his family?" inquired manager Dave Roberts. "The whole team rallied around it, and it was a beautiful sight."
Ysmalia arrived in the U.S. a few days before the pivotal game, leading to a deeply emotional and heartwarming meeting between mother and son.
"All I heard my mom say was that I had grown so much and looked so handsome," Graterol reminisced. "And the only thing I could tell her once I'd composed myself was that she smelled just like home."