4. Tom Milone's 3-Run HR Swing In His 1st MLB AB. [Photo Credit]: "Tom Milone #46 of the Washington Nationals hits a home run in his first at bat in his major league debut against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on September 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
He won't be swinging the bat much any more in the American League which is a shame. 24-year-old Tom Milone was one of four Nats' prospects traded to the A's last week in the deal that brought Oakland left-hander Gio Gonzalez to the nation's capital. Milone immediately endeared himself to Nationals fans when he hit a three-run blast in his first at bat in his MLB debut in Nats Park this past September. Here's our original game report:
• Best. Debut. Ever...Or Since Strasburg's, Or Espinosa's: Top of the second, 1-0 Nationals. Nats' lefty Tom Milone jams David Wright with back-to-back fastballs, both of which the Mets' third baseman pops up. Chris Marrero loses the first one and lets it drop in foul territory. The second pop-up Nats' second baseman Danny Espinosa gets to. One out. An 0-2 fastball upstairs gets Angel Pagan swinging for Milone's first MLB K. Jason Bay flies out to left, 6 up, 6 down on 23 pitches by the debuting left-hander, Tom Milone. Danny Espinosa gives Milone a two-run lead to work with after Espinosa's hit by a pitch, sent first-to-third™ on a Chris Marrero single and driven in by a Jesus Flores' double. 2-0 Nats. The Nationals' catcher is down 0-2 when Gee hangs a curve that's lined to left. The Mets' right-hander throws a fastball to Tommy Milone on the next pitch and the debuting pitcher DRIVES THE FIRST PITCH HE SEES TO RIGHT AND GONE!! GONE!!! Three-run HR on the first pitch of his first major league at bat!! The fans want a curtain call!! He has to be told to do it, but Tommy Milone takes a curtain-call. 5-0 Nats.
• Tom Milone Homers in his first MLB AB (watch the bullpen pitchers react):