Jamey Carroll of the Minnesota Twins marked the 10th anniversary of his first major-league game on Monday by doing what comes unnaturally to him: He broke into a home run trot.
Carroll connected against Hector Santiago of the White Sox for his first homer this season — his first homer in more than three years, actually, a solo shot that ended a drought of 1,348 at-bats — in a 4-2 loss at Chicago. Carroll's 12th career home run and first since Aug. 9, 2009 snapped the longest active homer-less streak in Major League Baseball. Coincidentally enough, Carroll's previous homer also came against the White Sox, when he played with Cleveland.
Chris Getz of the Royals, you're up (once you come off the disabled list, hopefully next season). At 918 at-bats, Getz has assumed the no-home run lead.
Reporter John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press brings up a good question about Carroll's home-run trot:
"I was just hoping it stayed fair more than anything," he said.
Carroll needn't have worried. It didn't take long for his line drive to leave the park, falling out of reach in the White Sox bullpen in left. But, Carroll conceded, really, how would he know?
"I don't hit them enough; 13 over 10 years is not enough to know that you got it," he said.
The Montreal Expos called up Carroll from the minors on Sept. 3, 2002. He didn't see action until Sept. 12, but his first career homer came in his fourth career appearance. Now 38 years 0ld, Carroll couldn't express too much glee about his great anniversary, because the Twins lost for the 15th time in 20 games.
He's aware, though, of what it means to him.
"It's not fun to lose and go home with a loss but, in time, I'll be able to look back and understand and appreciate what this day is about," Carroll said.
The ball landed in the left-field bullpen and was later retrieved by Twins left fielder Darin Mastroianni for Carroll, who admitted he didn't know if it was gone off the bat.
"I know it's going to be something fun for my family, especially my son. Every day he asks me who hits home runs for both sides and finally today I can say I did."
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