John Ross Ferrara / Thursday, May 18 @ 12:15 p.m. / Sports
(VIDEO) Former Humboldt Crab Blasts First Home Run in Second MLB Game
Although it was the 24-year-old San Diego native’s second MLB game, there were still plenty of firsts. In four at-bats, Zimmer got his first hit, a double, and crushed his first big-league home run into center field in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Zimmer had a hand in all the runs scored during the Indian’s 7-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, driving in two RBIs and scoring two himself.
Thank you family, friends, and CLEVELAND for making today so special! One I will never forget!… https://t.co/5Kc5MG8pdk— Bradley Zimmer (@Bzimmer5) May 17, 2017
In an post-game interview with Cleveland.com, Zimmer told reporters that he took some advice from MLB shortstop Francisco Lindor to slow down and enjoy his first home run.
“[Lindor] said, ‘don’t sprint around the bases if you hit a home run,’” Zimmer said. “I think at one point I was running pretty hard, and then I slowed down as I got to second. It was a lot of fun.”
The Times-Standard reported that after spending a season with the Crabs in 2012, in-between seasons playing for the University of San Francisco, Zimmer was drafted 21st overall by the Indians in the 2014 MLB draft.
You can watch Zimmer try to follow up his recent success during the Indian’s next game against the Houston Astros tomorrow at 5:10 p.m.