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Dodgers: What Did Gavin Lux Give Up for First Postseason Home Run Ball?

Gavin Lux sent a deep shot to right-center for his first career postseason home run.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 03: Gavin Lux #48 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a home run against the Washington Nationals during Game 1 of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, October 3, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Gavin Lux received a singular at-bat in his first postseason game on Thursday night and he made it count. By sending a home run over the right-center field fence, he became the youngest player in Dodgers’ history to hit a postseason home run.

He was not phased by the moment as we have become accustomed to with our rookies as we watch on.

Although the home run only provided an insurance run to the final score, it provided a lot more than that — confidence. Lux will most likely be starting at second base against Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg and to get the monkey off his back in his first postseason at-bat is fantastic.

The Home Run

The home run wasn’t majestic, but it was an absolute shot. It came off the bat at 108 miles per hour and traveled 388 feet to right-center field. It came against former Giants reliever Hunter Strickland.

Not everyone can say they are hitting home runs in the MLB postseason at the age of 21, but Gavin Lux can. Wow. That is one Gavin Lux will remember for the rest of his life.

The Ball

The best part of all of it was that Gavin Lux was able to get the ball back. All it took was a couple swag bags and an autographed ball to be able to retrieve a piece of the day he will always remember.

Here is the moment of the exchange, courtesy of Michael J. Duarte of NBC 4 LA:

In a September series with the Baltimore Orioles, Gavin Lux hit his first career round-tripper and it happened to be caught by a Dodger fan on the other coast. Lux reportedly got the ball back in exchange for a signed bat and two signed baseballs.

The Moment

Here is a video of the fantastic display:

Overall

It was a fantastic night and Lux’s excellent performance provided the cherry on top of it all.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Hey Daniel great job reporting. I was noticing you live in Whittier. I’m also from Whittier!
    Keep up the great work.

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