Jon Singleton, the newest rookie to bring some excitement to the Houston Astros lineup, did what fans expected Tuesday in his MLB debut. He hit the ball very, very far.
Singleton — a slugging first baseman who had already hit 14 home runs in Triple-A this season — launched the first homer of his big-league career in the Astros' 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels. It was also the first hit of Singleton's career. Two in one, it's better that way.
You could tell by the bat flip, Singleton was happy.
After the game, he told MLB.com's Brian McTaggart:
"I can't even go into words to describe how good it feels like," Singleton said.
Singleton, 22, gave the home-run ball to his mom, who was in attendance to watch her son's MLB debut. She collects various mementos from his career, he told reporters.
Not everything was a smashing success for Singleton on Tuesday: He made two errors and struck out twice too, but his homer and a bases-loaded walk will be what the folks in Houston are more apt to remember.
It's already been quite a week for Singleton and it's only Wednesday. On Monday, he agreed to an unprecedented long-term contract with the Astros before even playing a game at the big-league level.
He's guaranteed $10 million over five years, but could make as much as $35 million over seven years with team options and incentives. The deal angered one former Astro, pitcher Bud Norris, who thought it was "terrible" for Singleton to sell early on his arbitration years and potentially his first season of free agency.
Let's hope Norris doesn't mind Singleton giving away his first home-run ball instead of making a buck and selling it on eBay.
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