Trayce Thompson came back to the dugout and no one wanted to talk to him.
The White Sox rookie, making just the second start of his career in Tuesday night's game against the Angels, had to resort to air-fiving his unresponsive teammates after banging his first big league home run in the fifth inning.
The standard-issue lack of response from teammates after a first-career homer ended after Thompson made his way to the end of the White Sox dugout, and the celebration begun in earnest.
"These guys like to have fun," Thompson said. "It was great. It was awesome. It was funny."
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Thompson took his old minor league teammate, Hector Santiago, deep for his first roundtripper as a major leaguer, adding to the fun. And joy was in ample supply after the game, when Thompson reflected on the solo shot that finished off the scoring in Tuesday's 3-0 White Sox win.
"It kind of felt like I’ve been there before. It’s something I’ll remember forever, that’s for sure," Thompson said. "It’s funny that Hector has been my friend, but it just felt like another game, just felt like another home run until I got to the dugout to see all those guys. But yeah it was just nice to help the team and contribute."
Thompson's famous brother, Klay of world-champion Golden State Warriors fame, contributed to the celebration, tweeting out congratulations after his brother hit the homer.
Lets goooooooooo!!! I see u trizzy! https://t.co/i1as5hsV6C
— klay thompson (@KlayThompson) August 12, 2015
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Thompson said after the game that it's been amazing to share his journey with his family, and this is one more of those big moments.
"Yeah, if it wasn’t for them, me growing up I wouldn’t be here that’s for sure," Thompson said. "Two of the best sports moments of my life was watching Klay make his debut and my oldest brother (Mychel) making the Cavaliers. Two of the top most happy, thrilling, nervous, anxiety — it was amazing to see their accomplishments. Their support means the world to me. They’re my two best friends in the world and they always will be, so it’s awesome that they back me up."
Thompson was in Tuesday's lineup as designated hitter Adam LaRoche continues to struggle. Melky Cabrera slid into the DH role for a night, freeing up left field for Thompson. After spending seven seasons in the minors, his success so far — he's 4-for-8 with a double, a homer and a walk in four games — could lead to more opportunity in the final two months of this season.
"It's always special to get your first homer," manager Robin Ventura said. "I think any guy, for him to come up here, he's contributing. That's the biggest thing. We've seen him the last couple years, he's continued to improve and develop and grow. I think that's part of seeing guy the last couple years and making it. He's been that kid that has developed into a nice product. He's getting a chance to play, and he's taking advantage of it."