Former West Virginia Mountaineers baseball star Jedd Gyorko finally launched his first long ball of the season in one of the most venerable stadiums in all of Major League Baseball.
Gyorko stepped up to the plate in the top of the eighth inning for the San Diego Padres, trailing 6-0 to the hometown Chicago Cubs. Even with the game out of reach, Gyorko was determined to bust up the shutout bid of Cubs pitcher Scott Feldman.
Facing the 1-1 pitch, Gyorko leaned into a beautiful fastball and took it over the ivy-crusted left field wall for his first career home run. There is no more picturesque and historically significant park in the National League for Gyorko to have hit his first MLB long ball.
Traditionally, Cubs fans throw back the opposing team’s home runs and the enthusiastic Cubs fan delivers the ball back to the field, staying true to tradition. He actually has a decent arm, but pales in comparison to the greatest Cubs fan of all. No, not Steve Bartman, but Henry Rowengartner.
Now that’s a kid that knows how to bring the hot, stinky cheddar. But I digress…
Congratulations to Jedd Gyorko on what promises to be the first of many home runs in his MLB career.