At the beginning of the 2022 season, Christopher Morel played for the Tennessee Smokies, the AA affiliate of the Cubs. Just over a month into the season, he’s making history with his bat.

Morel was called up directly from AA and made his major league debut in Tuesday night’s 7-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He did not disappoint.

Morel debuted in the bottom of the eighth inning when the Cubs led 6-0. Morel quickly fell in a hole, going down 0-2 in the count against Pittsburgh reliever Chase De Jong. The rookie Cub bounced back, though, watching three inaccurate pitches go by him. He battled back to a 3-2 count, and the Wrigley Field crowd appreciated his efforts. The crowd rose to its feet, each fan hoping Morel would use the momentum to get his first career hit.

De Jong delivered a fastball middle-and-up that Morel crushed 417 feet to left field. The crowd levels at Wrigley matched those during the World Series and David Bote’s walk-off grand slam. Wrigley Field was truly electric.

Photo: David Suggs, The Sporting News

Morel’s home run celebration matched the fans’ energy. Morel screamed down the first base line and threw his bat in the air before completely missing first base. Christopher retreated back to touch first base while screaming. The Cubs’ dugout was also excited, especially veteran catcher Willson Contreras.



Contreras made his big-league debut in 2016, homering on the first pitch he saw. Contreras’ debut homer played on the Wrigley Field scoreboard earlier in the game. Similar to Morel, Contreras’ debut came against the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

Morel was treated to a curtain call after the home run.

The rookie’s triumphant first week continued. Morel made his first career start the next day against the Pirates. In his third career start, Morel smacked the second home run of his career against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Cubs are 15-24, losing the past four games. The Cubs continue their schedule with one more game at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Following this game, the Cubs travel to Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio to face the last place Cincinnati Reds.


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