Padres rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal was called up from Triple-A Tucson Saturday afternoon, and he made the most of his debut in the majors. The 23-year-old unbelievably homered in his first two at-bats. From MLB:
Grandal, a 23-year-old rookie acquired by the Padres from the Reds this past offseason, is the first player in MLB history to have his first two career hits as homers from opposite sides of the plate in the same game, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Grandal is the sixth player since 1974 with a multi-homer game in his first big league start, also according to Elias. He is the fourth player in Padres history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game, and the ninth to homer for his first Major League hit.
It all adds up to a night Grandal will never forget, and it was all the better with the Padres beating the Rockies, 8-4.
“I can’t describe how remarkable it is,” Grandal said.