(BaseballStL) — Oscar Taveras could have gotten better weather for his debut, but the 21-year-old likely won’t be complaining Saturday night.
In a highly anticipated major league appearance, the left-handed outfielder brought St. Louis fans to their feet when his second at bat produced a 418 foot bomb to right field.
That success was sandwiched with a soft liner to left and a strikeout, but all anyone will likely remember was the rain-soaked homer to give the Cardinals the lead. And the exuberance Taveras showed following the home run.
“When he came across the plate, he was still kind of holding back,” explained manager Mike Matheny, “He let it loose once he got into the dugout. That curtain call was pretty special. He was beaming after that.”
“And where we were in that game. We were at a stalemate,” he continued, “We need somebody to step up and he did.”
It builds off an impressive body of work that led to much-deserved hype in St. Louis. After hitting .306 with five homers in just 46 games last year in AAA, Taveras hit .325 with seven bombs and 15 doubles this season before his weekend call up.
“There’s an awful lot expected out of him to come out and do what he did I think validates the kind of talent he is,” Matheny said after the game, “He’s obviously the kind of player we all talked about.”