Daily Sports Smile: Reds' Jonathan India shares special moment with dad after winning NL Rookie of the Year

Sep 7, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Cincinnati Reds third baseman Jonathan India (6) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field.
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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India was named National League Rookie of the Year after a stellar 2021 season. India learned of the news alongside family and friends.

While everyone celebrated, India had one special gesture in mind. India signed a baseball and presented it to his father.

It was a heartwarming moment that was filled with true emotion. India hugged his dad as both embraced the experience together.

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This season, India finished his rookie campaign with a .269 batting average, 21 home runs and 69 RBIs. He also hit 34 doubles and scored 98 runs.

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India became eighth Reds rookie to win the award. He joins an exclusive group that includes Pete Rose, Frank Robinson and Johnny Bench.

Bench presented the award to India on Monday night. India said that he was a little nervous before learning that he had won.

“You can say, ‘he's going to win, the odds are with him,' but I was excited more than anything,” India told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I had butterflies in my stomach until this moment. It’s an amazing feeling. I told you guys at the beginning that I wanted this award. I said it out in words, and I made it come true.

“For me, it's just a huge accomplishment to make this come true and, oh man, I was at a loss for words when I heard. I didn't even know what to say.”

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Several teammates also sent their congratulations. They were so excited to see India receive the award. 

India burst onto the scene after matriculating through the Reds system. He was drafted fifth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft. He made his MLB debut in April and became a top leadoff hitter for the organization.

The Reds finished 83-79 and third in the NL Central division. India will be a major part of their future success moving forward.