It was only a matter of time before Los Angeles Dodgers rookie sensation Corey Seager properly introduced himself to the crowd at Dodger Stadium.
That moment came in the fourth inning of Friday night’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates when Seager blasted his second career home run and first at Dodger Stadium. The two-run shot gave the Dodgers a 4-1 lead that would eventually become a 6-2 victory.
After the game, Seager described how he felt after knocking his first one over the wall at home. “That was exciting,” the 21-year-old said.
“It’s always fun to hit home runs. It’s really fun when it’s your first one at home. It was fun running around the bases and the crowd and everything. It was a blast.”
Seager is now hitting .412 in 14 games since being called up. He has assumed the everyday shortstop role as Jimmy Rollins recovers from a sprained finger. The Dodgers top prospect is showing why he was so highly regarded. He’s injected some life into the lineup, along with some other newcomers, and the Dodgers sit 8.5 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West.
While it wasn’t the young shortstop’s first home run, it was a different feeling from that first one. “It was a little different,” Seager said. “The first one, you’re just in such awe. The first one at home is a lot of fun too. Cloud Nine.”
If Seager can continue to deliver a few more of those long balls, he could find himself in the starting lineup in a postseason game.