Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich isn’t missing a beat, picking up his 2019 season right where he ended his 2018 MVP year.
The slugger has homered in each of the Brewers’ first three games this season, and is the first MVP to follow-up his winning campaign in such a way. He’s also the first Brewer in history to homer in three consecutive games to start a season.
His home run during Saturday's 4-2 win against the St. Louis Cardinals was special for another reason though. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, it means the Labodda family will soon be adopting a new puppy.
Parents Michael and Jessica had recently discussed getting daughters, 4-year-old Libby and 6-year-old Lola, a new puppy. On Saturday, the two girls upped the ante saying that if Yelich homered during the game they were attending at Miller Park, their parents would have no choice.
They even made a sign to let everyone know the stakes they were setting.
Congrats! What are you going to name him? Might we suggest Yeli?— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) March 30, 2019
Brewers 1, Cardinals 0 in the first. pic.twitter.com/i6VBiUF8ie
With one swing, Yelich changed their live forever.
“Who would have thought he would have hit one on the first at-bat?” said the kids’ mom, Jessica Labodda, who was retrieving concessions with Libby at the time of the blast.
Dad Michael, meanwhile, frantically encouraged 6-year-old Lola to hold up her sign in their field-level seats.
“She was like, ‘What happened?’” Michael said. “It didn't connect right away.”
The whole family is on board now, and they know exactly the type of dog they’re looking for.
“(Lola) is a Type-1 diabetic, so we were hoping for a medical dog, but a golden doodle will do,” Jessica said. “We’ll start looking.”
If you need a player to hit a home run, Yelich is a good one to call on.
He went yard 36 times in 2018, and he’s off to a hot start this season. He started with a three-run shot Thursday night against the Cardinals, taking starter Miles Mikolas deep in the third inning. His second homer came as an eighth-inning solo shot off reliever Andrew Miller, and the third was again good for one run, coming off starter Dakota Hudson in the bottom of the first inning Saturday.
Take a look at Saturday’s shot to center field:
Yelich is the 35th player to homer in each of his team’s first three games — it’s not common, but not totally unheard of.
But should he extend the streak through at least one more game, he’ll join a truly select club of players to open a season with home runs in four straight games. Those players are: Trevor Story (Rockies, 2016), Chris Davis (Orioles, 2013), Nelson Cruz (Rangers, 2011), Mark McGwire (Cardinals in 1998) and Willie Mays (Giants, 1971).
No player has made it to five consecutive games.
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