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JaCoby Jones’ mom thrilled to witness his first big-league hit (vid)

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It required a mad dash from their hometown outside of Hattiesburg, Miss., but members of JaCoby Jones’ family were present at Comerica Park when the Detroit Tigers prospect smacked his first big-league base hit on Tuesday night.

But it was plainly evident his mom was the most thrilled of the bunch, with Jones’ momentous career achievement, as cameras showed her overcome with joy and emotion as Jones pointed to her while standing on second base after delivering a double.

The 24-year-old third baseman was called up on Monday and notched his first career hit — not to mention his first RBI — in the bottom of sixth inning.

The line-drive to right field broke a 3-3 tie with the Chicago White Sox, sparking a four-run rally. The Tigers went on to win the ballgame by a score of 8-4.

Tigers players later welcomed Jones, (2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 R) to the Bigs with a patented ice-cold dousing after the game.

Jones’ clutch hit made it the second night in a row that he reduced his mother to tears, the first coming when he called his mom and dad to let them know he’d been called up to the big leagues.

“That was probably the best call I’ve ever had in my life, calling my parents, letting them know I made it to the big leagues,” he said, via mlive.com.

“My mom was crying as soon as I told her,” Jones added.

To say that Jones’ path to the major leagues was a rough one would be an understatement. As noted by CBS Detroit, Jones in November was suspended 50 games for his second violation of MLB’s drug policy, a non-P.E.D. related offense.

Jones’ family had a great vantage point to see their son’s first career hit, as they were seated behind home plate. But how they got there in the first place involved frantically making flight plans to make sure they made it to Detroit on time for the game.

“I don’t even know how to describe it,” Jones said. “It’s just amazing that they can get on a plane, and come up here and watch me, after all those years they followed me, traveling to every game. I’m glad they could be here for it.”

And it’s safe to say that Jones’ parents, especially his devoted mother, were pretty glad they were there for it, too.