Texas Rangers infielder Guilder Rodriguez shows that if you stick to something long enough, you will eventually get rewarded.
Rodriguez has played in 1,095 minor league games over 13 seasons. The 31-year-old made his MLB debut back on Sept. 9, but entering Monday night's game against the Houston Astros, he had been 0-for-6 at the plate.
As he went to bed on Monday, he could finally say that he had a hit in the majors. In fact, he could say that he had two.
On a 1-2 count in the third inning against Astros pitcher Nick Tropeano, Rodriguez singled into left field to notch his first big league hit. Rodriguez received a nice ovation from his teammates and the crowd at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Seeing his son record his first hit brought tears to the eyes of the player's father.
What a great moment.
Rodriguez had to wait 31 years to get his first big league hit, but he only had to wait four innings to get his second one.