The Big Day

Samford baseballs own Phillip Ervin is called up for MLB Debut


It has been a long-awaited moment for Phil after being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the 2013 draft. He had struggled for some time going through the minors but still was on the Reds top 20 prospect list. Phil Ervin said he was in shock after hearing Thursday night that the Cincinnati Reds would be calling him up to the majors. Friday afternoon, it apparently had not yet worn off. “I just feel like I’ve been so close,” Ervin said. “I’ve finally achieved it. It’s just a life goal. I don’t know how to explain it. I’m all worked up right now.” That is exciting to see someone that went to your school just a few years ago finally living out their dreams in the major leagues. It brings a sense of hope that no matter how big or small the school you go to in college is, if you are good then scouts will find you.

Phil Ervin

This year, the Phillip began the year with his first taste of Triple-A, and has started the season hot. In 14 games, he’s hit .286. He’s hit three home runs already, after never topping 14 in any minor-league season. “I feel like before I was trying to drive the ball out,” Ervin said. “I’m just having fun now and reaping the benefits.” Ervin’s stay may not be long with the Red’s because he is replacing someone on the disabled list for the time being. Ervin is expected to serve as a bench bat for a few days until the team makes another roster move. Ervin won’t let that spoil his mood as he says, “I’m just here until they tell me I’m not anymore,” he said. “I’m going to enjoy it and have fun with it.” That is a great mind set and it is best to just live in the moment and be thankful for the opportunity that is given to him. His time may be short or it may be long term, no one knows, but he has finally made a dream turn into reality and I am very happy for Phil.


6 thoughts on “The Big Day”

  1. Wow. This is truly inspirational being a Samford baseball player wanting to play in the big leagues one day. Every day I look up on the building to my right and see Philip in a Samford uniform. It gives me great hope and i send all my positive energy toward him and his family. Go Philip

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  2. I love seeing people from the University I attend succeed and do great things. Especially from the athletic department since I am a student athlete as well. Looks like Samford Baseball is producing some great talent. Keep it up on the diamond!

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  3. I feel this is a great opportunity for the University to get some type of publicity besides players entering the draft. When recruiting players, the teenagers will see how productive the athletes are and wish to become somewhat like that one day.

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  4. I really like the quotes you included from Ervin. His gratitude for the opportunity communicates a sense of humility that is learned through years of baseball. I am excited to see Samford represented in the big leagues, and I am sure there will be more to come.

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  5. That is awesome to see someone from Samford get to live out their dream in the major league. Phil is a great guy and I am glad he finally made it. I will be following him every game and cannot wait to see what the future holds.


  6. This is such a blessing! I love to see people live out their dreams. Phil being from Samford makes it even more special. I think this also gives hope to other individuals. I feel as if this should encourage others to follow their dreams and never lose faith. I look forward to seeing the good work Phil will do in the major league.


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