Palm Bay Mayor Presents Key To City To Hometown Sports ‘Giant’ Chris Heston
By Yvonne Martinez, City of Palm Bay Florida // July 2, 2015
NO-HIT NEW YORK METS ON JUNE 9
ABOVE VIDEO: Bayside High School Graduate and San Francisco Giants Rookie Pitcher Chris Heston received the key to the city of Palm Bay last night in Miami.
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA — He was born and raised in Palm Bay and is now at the top of his game as a professional baseball player with the San Francisco Giants.
Bayside High School Graduate and San Francisco Giants Rookie Pitcher Chris Heston received the key to the city of Palm Bay last night in Miami.
Heston and the Giants are in Florida playing a three game set with the Miami Marlins.
Mayor William Capote took advantage of the opportunity to travel to the ballpark to present Heston with the official “key to the city” Tuesday evening.
It is in recognition of Heston’s recent rise to stardom when he threw Major League Baseball’s first no-hitter of the season versus the New York Mets in San Francisco on June 9.
“I want to give you the key to the city for your great accomplishment and for being a Bayside Bear,” Mayor Capote said.
“We’re really proud of you. I don’t know if you know the significance of the key but this is your welcome to the city any time any day.”
Heston accepted the key which was mounted on a plaque displaying the date of his no-hitter and a message that read, “Your hometown, Palm Bay, Florida is proud of you.”
A humble Heston responded, “This thing is going to come with me everywhere. This is awesome and I really appreciate it.”
Heston graduated from Bayside High School in 2006 where he played for the school’s baseball team.
He played college baseball for two years at Seminole Community College and then attended East Carolina University.
He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 12th round in 2009 and made his major league debut on September 13, 2014.
Heston currently has an 8-5 record with a 3.73 ERA.