The breakout star of spring training and the center of much media hype, prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. got an earlier-than-expected start in the majors when Red Sox manager John Farrell put him on the Opening Day roster.
But Bradley's big-league introduction didn't live up to that hype or the somewhat unrealistic expectations that were put on him to help a team that so badly needed change. And after going hitless for 20 at-bats, he was sent back down to the minors.
So when Bradley came back for his second tryout and hit his first career home run against the Rangers June 5, it was the bomb that stood out in a four-home run, 17-5 Texas massacre.
It was proof that Bradley wasn't a dud—he just needed some time to warm up.
The two-run shot wasn't going to secure Bradley a consistent job at Fenway, but it was a sign of more good things to come out of the young prospect.
That game was also notable as Boston's highest scoring since 2011.