Padres' Yasmani Grandal Makes History in First Career Start
San Diego Padres rookie catcher, Yasmani Grandal, woke up Saturday morning as a member of the Triple-A Tuscon Padres. A few hours later, he was suiting up at the starting catcher for the big-league ballclub in Colorado.
It was set to be the 23-year-old's second game in the major leagues, his first since one plate appearance back on June 2nd. Most people would be satisfied with a day like that, but apparently Grandal is not most people.
Instead of being content with the call-up, Grandal decided to do something that has never been done before in the history of baseball.
Skip to the fourth inning, in the rookie's second plate appearance. Facing Rockie southpaw Christian Friedrich, Grandal dug in from the right side of the dish and absolutely crushed the ball, 454 feet to center. His first career hit also happened to be his first career home run.
Still not satisfied, the switch-hitter came up to bat again in the top of the sixth, facing reliever Jeremy Guthrie. From the opposite side of the plate, Grandal decided to go to the opposite side of the park, hitting his second career home run, this one a two-run shot, into the left-field seats.
With the two longballs, Grandal wrote his way into the history books, becoming the first player ever to homer from each side of the plate for his first two career hits, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Though he may have woken up as a minor league player, Yasmani Grandal, went to bed a record-setting San Diego Padre. With a .400 average, two home runs, and three RBI, to boot.
*Stats are from MLB.com and ESPN.com.
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