The bigger the stage, the higher the expectations, the larger the results.
After smashing a tie-breaking, three-run home run in his first major league at-bat off Chicago Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano, the legend that is Jason Heyward just grew a little bit larger.
In front of a record crowd of 53,081, the fourth-largest crowd in Turner Field history and biggest day-game crowd in Atlanta Braves history, chanting, “Let’s go Hey-ward! Let’s go Hey-ward!” the young phenom delivered a bomb, sending an already raucous crowd into an even bigger frenzy.
It was the first swing of Heyward’s major league career and it landed in the Braves bullpen beyond right field at a jaw-dropping distance of 446 feet.
Zeus, is that you sporting No. 22?
The gifted and talented 20-year-old began writing the first page of his legacy yesterday— all the while, stealing the show on Opening Day.
Heyward ended the afternoon with two hits and four RBI, aiding in Atlanta’s 16-5 pounding of the Chicago Cubs.
Yunel Escobar powered in five runs for the Braves, and Nate McLouth made a couple of flashy defensive plays in Atlanta’s victory.
However, much like its been all spring, the day and the spotlight belonged to Heyward.
J-Hey got a huge ovation from the Atlanta faithful as he was circling the bases following his dinger, and another when he trotted to his right field position the next inning.
Turner Field hasn’t been this electric in years, if ever.
While the outpouring of crowd support is welcoming to a club hoping to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2005, the players only hope the fans will sustain it.
As Heyward’s legend continues to grow larger with each passing day, Atlanta’s rejuvenated fan base looks to follow suit. But the fans aren’t the only ones enthralled with the power-hitting rookie.
His teammates', and even home run king Hank Aaron's, eyes are on the sensational marvel that is Jason Heyward.
Baseball’s home run king threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Heyward, in what many surmised as the passing of the torch.
It took less time for Heyward’s first blast to travel over the bullpen wall than for the comparisons between the two to pick up steam and hold more merit.
It was a symbolic start to what promises to be a career for the ages for Atlanta’s new superhero.
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