Homering on the first pitch after missing over two months is a masterful power move and I'm here for it
But not just "a home run" in the general, everybody-is-hitting-homers-all-the-time kind of way we've seen this season. No, this was special for Upton, who was making his 2019 season debut after suffering turf toe in a preseason exhibition game. Facing
Well that didn’t take long... pic.twitter.com/9UXejAARxR— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) June 17, 2019
Is there a better way than this to exorcise the frustrations of having been forced off the diamond for more than two months? I'm not sure there is. And from a scale of "just take some pitches and work the count" to "crush a dinger," I bet this was Upton's perfect imagined scenario for his return to the field.
It's like the jock in the high school comedy who crashes into the party -- four hours late, naturally, well after everybody else was already there -- and immediately assumes everybody's attention and focus.
"I'm here, now let's have some fun," or some movie cliche along those lines, he'd exclaim. Upton did the baseball version of that.
Upton rejoining a stacked Angels lineup that already features surprise slugger
Adrian Garro joined MLB.com in 2016. Throughout his travels, both Bartolo Colon and Vin Scully have placed their hands on his shoulders. Not at the same time, though. That'd be amazing.