In a moment that some only ever dream of, Tampa Bay Rays outfielder and former LSU Tiger standout Mikie Mahtook has made a reality.
In the Rays’ game tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays, at the Rogers Centre, Mahtook got his first major league hit. Even more special was that it was a two-run shot off of veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle.
Mahtook ended up going 1-for-2 on the evening, having replaced Kevin Kiermaier in centerfield in what was primarily a blowout game from start to finish.
Tampa Bay managed a ninth inning rally, but still lost 12-7.
Despite his team losing the game, it will be one that Mahtook never forgets. Only a small handful of people ever get to make the three-way-jump from college to the minors to the major leagues, and an even smaller handful ever hit the milestone first home run.
Mahtook could never play another game for the Rays or at the major league level again after tonight (Baseball Gods forbid), but he’ll always have this one memory to cherish for the rest of his life.
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