Matt Garza probably wants the 1-0 fastball he threw Clint Robinson back. Robinson, or the Milwaukee Brewers' staff, made a deal with a fan to get the ball after it landed in the fourth row of Miller Park's second deck and bounced to a young kid in the stands.
It took Robinson, 30, a total of 3,836 minor league and 73 major league plate appearances, but last night Washington's "veteran" slugger finally connected on his first MLB home run in the second inning of the Nationals' 6-5 loss.
"'It felt great,'" Robinson told reporters, including the Washington Post's James Wagner. "'Everything you dream of.'"
"It was good," Nats' skipper Matt Williams said. "He had some good swings tonight. Had a chance to get back over to first base where he's comfortable and put some good swings on the baseball."
Robinson was playing first with Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-Day DL with left foot plantar fasciitis. He took advantage of the opportunity, going 2 for 4 with two runs scored.
Williams told reporters before last night's game that both Robinson and Tyler Moore will be seeing time at first until Zimmerman returns.
After Robinson's blast, which was measured at "just" 387 feet, according to ESPN's Hit Tracker Online, he returned to a silent dugout, as his teammates pulled one of those gags that's so old it's got whiskers on it, giving Robinson the silent treatment until Dan Uggla finally broke and embraced him.
A celebration ensued.
Once the game ended, Robinson met with the family of the kid who caught his ball.
According to reports from Milwaukee, the young be getting rewarded handsomely for returning the ball to Robinson, and he promised to split at least some of the merchandise with his brother.
Tough loss but I thought this was very cool.Clint Robinson meeting the kid who caught his first tater after the game pic.twitter.com/MdHK9006xz— F.P. Santangelo (@FightinHydrant) June 12, 2015