Williams’ family taking it in: ‘So proud of him’

PHILADELPHIA — Luke Williams had approximately 350 unread text messages on his phone late Wednesday night.

But then again, everybody’s phone in the Williams family buzzed Wednesday. It continued Thursday morning, too.

Williams hit a two-out, two-run walk-off home run in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park. He is the first player in Phillies history to hit a walk-off home run in his first big league start, and the fourth player in franchise history to hit a walk-off shot for his first career homer. So yeah, everybody in Williams’ world knew about his incredible home run, and everybody wanted to tell somebody how awesome it was.

Fortunately, his father Mark, mother Jeannine, sister Sami and brother Ike saw it live.

“It’s been awesome,” Mark said Thursday morning. “We were talking about it, hoping he’d get an opportunity to get an at-bat there at the end and help the team win. So yeah, it was pretty exciting.”

What a week for Williams and what a week for his family. Williams helped Team USA qualify for the Olympics on Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He got the call on Monday that he was being promoted to the Majors. He got a hit in his first big league at-bat on Tuesday. He doubled for the first extra-base hit of his career in the fourth inning on Wednesday.

After the family celebrated in the stands, they got to hug Williams…

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