The 5 Best MLB Moments from Tuesday

History was made in today's best moments.

It’s hard to believe that we’re already almost one full week into the new baseball season. Time does fly when you’re having fun.

I was at the Pirates’ home opener today. This was a personal best MLB moment for me. Yes, my beloved Buccos lost 2-1 to the Cubs, but it was great to get out to the ballpark nonetheless. Many fans have had that feeling this week. That’s what it’s all about. Also, the people of PNC Park are lucky that I did not see their new jungle gym or would’ve 100 percent played on it for a hot minute.

Let’s get to the best moments of the day.

 

Albert Goes Boom

 

I don’t know if Albert Pujols will get to the illustrious 700 home run mark. Last night, though, he started the march forward by hitting his first home run of the year and the 680th of his career.

The tweet says it all. It’s crazy to think that it’s been 3,855 days since Pujols went yard as a Cardinal. I wonder how much a gallon of milk costs at that time. Spoiler: I’m not going to look it up.

On the night, Pujols added two singles and went 3-4. Who knows, perhaps if Albert can compile 350 or so plate appearances, the 700 home run mark might not be an impossible feat.

 

Speaking of Home Run Milestones…

 

Juan Soto demolished his 100th career dinger on Tuesday.

For good measure (literally), Soto made sure that the ball traveled 451 feet.

It does not feel weird to say at all that this man is the modern-day Ted Williams. Before Tuesday’s game, Soto’s career line sat at .300/.431/.548 over 2025 plate appearances. He is just 23 years of age. Heck, who knows? Maybe in 17-18 years, we’ll be counting down the homers needed for Soto to get to 700.

 

Officer, I’d like to Report a Robbery

 

Check out this catch from Randal Grichuk. Like, what?

Grichuk covered so much ground. His jump was timed perfectly. The ball landed in his glove. What more can one say? In my opinion, this catch is reminiscent of the legendary Mike Trout robbery in 2012 or the famous 2017 Adam Jones snag in the World Baseball Classic. The crazy thing about the Grichuk catch though is that it might be the best of all three.

As far as the game situation goes, Grichuk helped to preserve the Rockies’ lead. At the time, the Rockies were up 3-1 over the Rangers. If that ball is a homer, Texas would have taken a 4-3 lead. Colorado ended up winning 4-1.

 

Some Wacky Things Happening in Atlanta

 

Here at We Love Baseball, we absolutely love when wacky plays occur. On Tuesday in Atlanta, the wackiness was aplenty.

We love the gamesmanship from Cesar Hernandez there. Although Atlanta would go on to score 16 runs in the game, at that moment, Hernandez helped to prevent one (d’Arnaud eventually scored though).

You can score that play 3-6-2-5-2- okay that’s enough, I can’t keep track of all of that! I will say though, that’s a really tough beat for Keibert Ruiz.

Thoughts and prayers to Travis d’Arnaud, we hope he can pull through. That play would’ve been even more fun if d’Arnaud would have taken a step backward, regathered himself, and taken a swing for the fences. The hit by pitch was pretty hilarious though.

 

History Made

 

Let us give a shoutout to Alyssa Nakken, who became the first woman to coach on the field in an MLB game.

This is beyond awesome. Although a long time coming, it is great to see Nakken make history. Women are taking on more and more coaching positions throughout men’s professional sports. We need more of that. And then more after that. It is cool to see Nakken breaking that barrier in baseball. Hopefully, more women in baseball get similar opportunities to the point where this is not a story and just the standard.

 

Photo by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns of Twitter)

Nathan Hursh

Nathan Hursh has been a baseball fan for as long as he can remember. He grew up in Pittsburgh and loves the Pirates. Don't hold that against him though, he has suffered enough because of it. Find Nathan on Twitter and Instagram at Nathan_Hursh.

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