Twenty-year-old Manny Machado has made quite an impression through the first two games of his big-league career. In fact, the rookie shortstop, who's currently spending time at third base, already has two multi-hit games to his credit after hitting two home runs in the Orioles' 7-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
According to Elias, the multi-homer game makes Machado the youngest Baltimore Orioles player to accomplish the feat, and the youngest player (20 years, 35 days) in baseball history to do so within his first two games, passing that other Manny, Manny Ramirez (21 years, 96 days). That's pretty crazy and impressive stuff, but perhaps no more crazy or impressive than the story of one particular fan who was in attendance and seated in the left-field bleachers when it all took place.
That one fan would be 15-year-old Adam Corder, who in the fifth inning was fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of Machado's first home run — a solo shot off Luke Hochevar.
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One inning later, when Machado went deep again with a three-run blast off of Hochevar, guess who ended up with possession of that baseball?
The young fan explains his incredible luck:
Of course we've seen several incidences over the years where one fan catches multiple home runs in the same game. As a matter of fact, earlier this season we saw a fan in Cincinnati nab two in the same inning. It's never not cool or interesting when that happens, but Corder's great fortune is undeniably enhanced by the fact he caught the first two home runs in a single player's career, which also carried a great deal of historical value. Not to mention they came off the bat of a heavily hyped prospect with seemingly unlimited potential such as Manny Machado.
"I was surprised," said Machado. "I heard it in the dugout somebody told the officer the same kid caught both balls. I was like: 'What? That's crazy."'
Crazy is the word.
And the night got a little crazier for Corder after he was invited down to meet with Machado after the game. Once there, a trade took place with Corder exchanging the first home run ball for a few autographed baseballs and bats from the Orioles rookie. All in all, a pretty good haul for the young fan, but more importantly an incredible memory he'll carry with him for the rest of his life.
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