April 4, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; A general viewof the home run sculpture at left center field before the start of opening day game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Today for moment 117 we once again head back to 1993, the Inaugural Season of the Marlins.
Let me tell you a story about a man name Mitch Lyden. Never heard of him? Well let me give you some back story about him. Mitch came out of Beaverton High School in Beaverton, Oregon, and was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1983. From 1983 to 1992 he played for the Minor League affiliates of the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, and New York Mets, but never made it up to the pros.
Then on December 2, 1992 he signed with the Florida Marlins who sent him to play with the Edmonton Trappers, the Marlins Pacific Coast League affiliate. That was, until he was called up by the Marlins to the big leagues.
Mitch finally got to the bigs and boy did he make an impact his first at bat. On June 16, 1993 in the top of 2nd Mitch would get his first at bat. The place was legendry Wrigley Field.
Mitch sent his first pitch ever of his major league career flying over the left field ivory. Mitch’s first professional at bat was a home run, and it was on the first pitch none the less. Mitch big league career wouldn’t last though as he was sent back down to the minor after the 1993 season. At least he can always tell the story of his first at bat.
Till next time… Let’s Go Marlins.