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Giants’ David Villar recalls incredible story of surprising MLB promotion

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Villar recalls hilarious story of promotion to big leagues originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

A promotion to the big leagues was one of the last things on David Villar‘s mind when he first heard the news.

The Giants’ infielder joined KNBR 680’s “Murph & Mac” on Thursday morning, where he shared a hilarious story behind his promotion from Triple-A Sacramento to the majors on July 4 last season.

“It was right after we finished our Sunday game, we played at night because we were traveling the next day to Salt Lake to play on Monday the 4th of July,” Villar said. “So I’m in the clubhouse packing up my bags and the hitting coach came over and was like, ‘Hey come see me in the office, [manager Dave Brundage] wants to talk to you.

“And I was like, ‘Look man, I’m really tired, we got to wake up early tomorrow, we got to fly to Salt Lake tomorrow and play, can it just wait until tomorrow?’ and he’s like, ‘No, just come into the office.”

Villar, possibly a little annoyed at the moment, had no clue what the following conversation would entail and soon would understand why his manager wanted to talk to him at such an inconvenient hour.

“So I went over there and I didn’t think anything of it, I had no idea what was going on,” Villar explained. “Brundy asks me, ‘Hey how are you feeling? How’s everything going?’ I said, ‘Everything’s good, it sucks we have to jump on a plane tomorrow really early.’ “

Villar then added that Brundage asked him about his arm and then explained that Villar will be heading to Arizona, much to the former’s confusion.

“And I’m thinking, ‘Why is this guy telling me I’m going to Arizona? I just told him my arm is fine. What am I just going to go to rehab or something, I just told you I’m good,’ ” Villar continued. “So I was like, ‘So why am I going to Arizona? I thought we were going to Salt Lake.’ And (a coach) was behind me and says, ‘The big league club is in Arizona.’

“It took a moment to really hit me and I was like, ‘Are you telling me I’m going to the big leagues?’ and he was like, ‘Yeah.’ And all the guys were outside, all my teammates were out there and once they heard the news they start going nuts and everybody’s congratulating me and it was just something I’ll probably never forget.”

The 25-year-old then made a series of phone calls to his agent, his family and his girlfriend, or whoever would answer the phone at such a late hour.

“I hardly slept the night before,” Villar added. “Calling everybody on the east coast was…

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