The story goes like this: In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Baltimore Orioles third prospect Rylan Bannon was sitting on his couch watching Netflix with his wife when his phone rang. On the other end was Norfolk Triple-A manager Buck Britton, who told Bannon he had been called up to the Orioles taxi squad and had to go to St. Louis STAT to the team’s final two games of the series with the Cardinals.

Bannon, 26, a 2017 Dodgers 8th-round draft pick, packed his bags and made it to Busch Stadium in time for Wednesday’s game, but didn’t see the field. On Thursday, however, he was in lineup for the series finale, his first-ever major league appearance. It’s the kind of thing that can put a little jelly in your legs, but you wouldn’t have known it if you were there Thursday afternoon when Bannon did this on his very first defensive play in the big leagues.

First inning, first game, Nolan Arenado at home plate. You can’t script it any better than that. Every once in a while you see a kid come in and knock one out in their first fight, but that’s arguably more impressive. The ball game is hard but quite instinctive. He doesn’t have time to think about it too much, he just reacts. But then Bannon has the nerve (and the cannon) to pop up and fire one first to beat Arenado, no slouch on the base paths, it has to be said. Let’s see Cinderella pull that one off.

Anyway, congratulations to Bannon and congratulations to the Orioles fans. It’s the kind of game that could kick off an impressive season-long story for both of them. Or not. Who knows. But no matter how it shakes, you have to get up and tip your cap. Good on you, kid. Now go get another one.