Jeff and Ellen Mervis had just arrived at Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Thursday afternoon when the call came through.
Matt Mervis’ parents were heading to Columbus, Ohio, where Triple-A Iowa was scheduled to play four games over the weekend when the Chicago Cubs promoted the 25-year-old first baseman.
“Change your flight, you’ve got a new destination,” Mervis told them. “I don’t think she believed me for a second.”
Around 1 p.m. Thursday, Mervis heard from vice president of player development Jared Banner: ”Are you ready to play in Chicago? Pack your stuff and get to the stadium, congratulations.”
As the news washed over him, Mervis felt as if he had blacked out for a minute. He tried to think of the first people he wanted to share the news with,…
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