Bryan Holaday hits his first HR, records first two RBI
Thursday, his bat showed up in a big way.
The rookie hit his first career home run in the third inning, a no-doubter into the bullpen in left field. He rounded the bases with a huge grin on his face.
“I was running around the bases, trying to keep it in, but I was struggling toward the end,” he said.
He headed into the dugout, and got a handshake from manager Jim Leyland, but then — as is tradition — was roundly ignored by his teammates.
“We gave him a little bit of the silent treatment when he came back into the dugout,” Leyland said. “That’s kind of a ritual.”
Then his teammates piled on, hugging and high-fiving. Three innings later, he added an run-scoring infield single for his second career RBI.
“All the guys were tickled for him. ... We were thrilled for him. He’s such a good kid. To get his first one, that had to be a big thrill. He had a big smile,” Leyland said. “Not enough money to pay for the smile he had on his face when he came to the dugout, I can tell you that.”