April 19, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres outfielder Jeremy Hermida (47) against the Philadelphia Phillies at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Moment 85 is not only a great moment in Marlins history, it was a rare moment in baseball history! With moment 85 we are taking you back to August 31, 2005, Jeremy Hermida’s first ever at bat.
Now a lot of you are probably wondering why is Jeremy’s first at bat is on this list; especially since the Marlins lost that game 10-5 to the St. Louis Cardinals. Yeah Jeremy’s first at bat wasn’t a walk off, but his first at bat was something that was done by only one other player up to that time; and only 4 have accomplished it in total. Figured it out yet? Well, let’s set the mood.
It’s the seventh inning and the Marlins are down 10-0 to the Cardinals. Mike Lowell takes a walk, Alex Gonzalez singles to left field, and Matt Treanor reaches base on an error (figure out what’s up next?). Jack McKeon makes the call to send Jeremy to pinch hit for Brian Moehler. Here comes Jeremy up for his first at bat ever in the majors, and what does he do? He sends that ball right over the wall at Joe Robbie Stadium (I know it wasn’t called Joe at that time but it will forever be known as that to me). He became the second player in Major League history to accomplish this feat! His first at bat was a grand slam!
How do we top a first at bat grand slam? Join me tomorrow and find out. Until then… Let’s Go Marlins!