WATCH: Trip to Cincinnati for Opening Day gets Phillies rookie emotional

SARASOTA, FL - MARCH 13: Brock Stassi #78 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with the third base coach Mickey Morandini #12 after hitting a solo home run in the third inning of the Spring Training game against the Baltimore Orioles on March 13, 2017 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Caption
SARASOTA, FL - MARCH 13: Brock Stassi #78 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with the third base coach Mickey Morandini #12 after hitting a solo home run in the third inning of the Spring Training game against the Baltimore Orioles on March 13, 2017 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Opening Day is always an event in Cincinnati, but Monday will be an especially big day for one player in the visiting dugout at Great American Ball Park.

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Brock Stassi, a 27-year-old rookie who has toiled in the minors for six seasons, made it clear what Opening Day will mean to him in an emotional interview Thursday after finding out he had made the roster.

›› RELATED: What Reds fans need to know about Opening Day

The Phillies Tweeted video of the interview.

A 33rd-round draft pick in 2011, Stassi hit .267 at Triple-A Lehigh last season. But he batted .333 with six home runs and 17 RBIs in 57 at-bats this spring, earning a spot on the Phillies 25-man roster.

›› MORE: 5 things to know about Reds Futures Game on Saturday

His younger brother Max, who has appeared in 30 games as a catcher with the Houston Astros, sent out a Tweet that not only congratulated Max but outlined all of the adversity he’s overcome since high school.

If the brothers can stay healthy and play well enough to remain on their respective rosters, they’ll meet on the same field in late July when the Astros visit the Phillies for a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

ExploreFollow Jay Morrison on Twitter

About the Author