Rangers’ Thomas Field Collects First Homer


Hitting your first home run in the major leagues is probably one of the most jubilant feelings in the world. Texas Rangers’ second baseman, Thomas Field, can tell you all about that.

Field went 1-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored, a stolen base and a walk in his debut with the Rangers Monday night. The moment the ball left his bat, Field knew it was gone, as it landed in the Royals bullpen. Field trotted around the bases with a smile.

When the Rangers sent Rougned Odor to Triple-A Round Rock because of his .144 batting slump, they called up Field to fill his shoes. Yes, it’s just one game, but it’s definitely a defining start that can carry him a long way.

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The Rangers finished the game defeating the Royals 8-2 in the first of a four-game series. It wasn’t only Field’s first home run in the bigs, but also his first steal. When Field’s was the spotlight in a postgame interview, you already knew the cooler was on its way.

No one could have pulled the joke off any better than Rangers shortstop, Elvis Andrus, when he couldn’t wait to douse his teammate, Field, with cool blue Powerade.

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The Austin, Texas native has seen little playing time in the major leagues, but he was an average hitter in eight minor league seasons. Field’s may be worth the attention in the American League, if the Rangers let him start on a consistent basis.

But that’s nothing to worry about, at least for now anyways. After Field’s surprising performance Monday night, they’ll give him the opportunity to shine again.

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Eddie Rosario did the same thing for the Minnesota Twins, when he hit his first major league homer on May 7 against the Oakland A’s, except it was the very first pitch of his career.

It’s moments like these that inspire us to love the game of baseball. It’s moments like these players dream of, growing up as kids. Games like this one can really boost a player’s confidence. While Field still has a lot to learn playing at the major league level, I guarantee you he is going to be a lot more comfortable on the diamond.

Not only that, Field is going to be a lot more confident in the batters box.

It takes a lot of poise to make special moments come true, like Field’s did Monday, a moment he’ll never forget. They just don’t come easy. You can expect players to get their first career home run at some point, but when you can do it your first start, it makes things a different kind of special.

We know it was only Field’s first game with the Rangers, and of course, one game isn’t enough to reveal a player’s true talents just yet. But now that his jitters are behind him, I’m zealous to see what’s in store for Field moving forward, and how he fits into this Rangers lineup.

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