Derek Rodriguez pitches in Marlins Park 15 years after father wins World Series

In 2003, Ivan Rodriguez signed a one-year deal with the Florida Marlins after a legendary run with the Texas Rangers and went on to solidify a Hall of Fame career with a World Series ring.

15 year later, his son, Derek Rodriguez, pitched his first big league game at Marlins Park on Thursday as a rookie for the San Francisco Giants. Rodriguez’s father watched him from the front row.

“I remember when he was a little kid walking into the clubhouse with all my teammates” he told FOX Sports Florida. “Now he’s here in Miami pitching in the big leagues. This is pretty awesome.”

The son of Pudge went 6.2 innings allowing two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts but earned a no-decision after a sacrifice fly by Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson tied the game in the bottom of the ninth.

The game would go on until the 16th inning when the Giants scored two runs off a base hit by Pablo Sandoval and another run on an RBI single by former Marlin Gorkys Hernandez to win 6-3. The Giants avoided a four-game series sweep, which would’ve been the Marlins’ first in Marlins Park.

Rodriguez was an outfielder in two South Florida high schools. He started in Hollywood Chaminade but graduated at Monsignor Pace, which has a more stellar history as a baseball program.

He grew up a Marlins fan ever since his father won a championship with the team.

The Minnesota Twins selected Rodriguez in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB Draft. He switched to pitcher going into the 2014 season and signed with the Giants as a minor league free agent in 2017.

Rodriguez didn’t start this season on the Giants’ top 30 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline, but earned the big league call-up after going 4-1 with a 3.40 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 50.1 innings pitched over nine starts in Triple-A Sacramento.

However long he stays in the Giants rotation depends on when Jeff Samardzija returns from injury. The veteran right-hander has missed the last 13 games due to shoulder tightness but is scheduled to begin minor league rehab in the Pacific Coast League for the River Cats.

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A graduate of the University of Arizona (2008-2013), Tony Capobianco covered sports from preps to pros since 2011 from the Tucson Citizen to Miami Herald to most recently with the Enid News & Eagle. The "Cuban Cowboy" took a first pitch to the nuts and lived to laugh at the viral video. Follow him @TonyCapobianco

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