It's not too often a player can claim they are in the same company as Babe Ruth.
However, Detroit Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday joined Ruth in boldly calling his home run shot. The only difference: Holaday called it in the dugout before he went up to bat in the bottom of the third Thursday night.
Gillian Van Stratt of MLive.com has the details:
Holaday watched Andrew Albers' first pitch zip by—an 83 mile-per-hour sinker. Strike one. Then, on the second pitch, just as he had predicted, he hit his first major league career home run. And it landed just a few rows behind the bullpen.
"You know what's tripped out?," Torii Hunter said following the Tigers' 7-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. "He said, before he went up there, he told me, 'Tell the bullpen to wake up, because something's coming out there.'
"I swear to you. I swear it. He did. And then he hit it and I was like, 'Whoa.'"
Even more remarkable was the fact that it was Holaday's first home run of his career. How many guys can actually say they called their first major league home run?
A sixth-round pick out of TCU in 2010, the 25-year-old was batting .262 with four home runs and 24 RBI for Triple-A Toledo this year. Playing in just his 10th game with the big league club in 2013, Holaday finished the memorable day 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBI to raise his batting average to .280.