A recap of the best in Major League Baseball from Saturday, April 9th. The weekend is officially upon us and what a better way to celebrate than with the first weekend of regular-season baseball. Here are a few quick hits to whet your whistle:
Colorado's José Iglesias was in tears at first base following his first hit of the season. When Freddie Freeman asked what was wrong, Iglesias told him he’d just lost his father.
“It was a beautiful moment, beyond baseball, we’re human beings. That was very nice of Freddie.” pic.twitter.com/QRBdIOzugq
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) April 9, 2022
Bo Bichette doing a beautiful thing of his own…
Poetry in motion pic.twitter.com/dOY0sPVIhw
— Baseball King (@BasebaIlKing) April 9, 2022
A hopefully not entirely true prognostication of things to come for the White Sox…
Fans: Will the White Sox ever have a year without injuries hurting the team?
The Baseball Gods: pic.twitter.com/tCeFSPlGtJ
— The Last AirBENder (@BenChiTownKid98) April 7, 2022
And a college baseball team doing their best to break an elevator…
Dayton baseball got caught in the dangerous game of “how many dudes can fit in the elevator”. The answer is 10 for those of you counting along at home pic.twitter.com/3Wfs0JrYac
— Stephen Schoch (@bigdonkey47) April 10, 2022
Y’all warmed up? Then away we go!!
Bigtime Firsts for Bigtime Rookies
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) April 9, 2022
C.J. Abrams goes the other way for his first MLB hit! pic.twitter.com/7Rgf3qKule
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 10, 2022
Julio Rodríguez is going to be a problem in this league for opposing pitchers for a LONG time. This afternoon Julio started by tallying his first career hit. Top 9, Julio got a fastball on the belt high on the outside corner that he smoked into the gap. Now that the first one is out of the way, I wouldn’t be shocked if he piles up another few hits on Sunday.
C.J. Abrams of the San Diego Padres notched his first hit as well against Mark Melancon, also in the 9th inning. A soft-tossing Melancon came up an in and Abrams was able to display his terrific bat speed to inside out the ball the opposite way.
What a wonderful sight to see both players have their parents and family members in attendance for these road games. Credit to the Padres and Mariners for making the moment special for everyone involved.
And not to be completely outdone, here’s a special moment from Jeremy Peña:
Baseball is the best.
Jeremy Peña hits his first career home run during a live interview with his parents during the at-bat. pic.twitter.com/GWE6IfiIRT
— Houston Astros (@astros) April 9, 2022
That’s one that’ll stick in his memory for a long time!
Bobby’s Sick Witt It
— Bally Sports Kansas City (@BallySportsKC) April 9, 2022
Wow. This is what teams have been depriving us as fans of in previous years. “Oh, prospect X needs to work on their defense in the minors for a few weeks until they’re ready for the big leagues.” Well, Bobby Witt Jr. sure put that notion to bed yesterday. In a deadlocked game of zeros, top of the 10th inning, a screaming shot was hit Witt’s way at third base (yes you read that position correctly). While falling backward, Witt makes an incredible toss to the plate to nail the would-be-go-ahead run at the plate.
What makes this play even more astonishing is that Witt was a second baseman while making his way through the minors. Dayton Moore put his faith in Witt to be a key contributor and bet on his talent for a Royals team that could use a true star.
Giancarlo Asserts His Dominance
Giancarlo Stanton simply cannot be stopped against the Red Sox
— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) April 9, 2022
Simply one of the most feared hitters of his generation, when Stanton is hot, he is scalding. Nick Pivetta’s reaction said it all as he didn’t even need to turn to see the ball. One look at Stanton’s strut and he knew the result. The Yankees have to be happy to see a healthy Giancarlo to start the season. The Red Sox? Not so much
San Francisco Shows Off Rodón
Carlos Rodón's 10th, 11th and 12th Ks.
Over 5 innings. 😳 pic.twitter.com/7HBmpL4TLP
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 9, 2022
Carlos Rodón, the lefty Derek Jeter. pic.twitter.com/2mS9DnrqVm
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 9, 2022
The San Francisco Giants got to show off their new toy with the debut of Carlos Rodon who was masterful today. Showing off a four-seamer that had an extra 2MPH of velo than last year’s average, Carlos was painting today. When hitters did make contact, he made a stellar falling to his right fade away throw to gun down the runner.
Photo by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns of Twitter)