It took 1,948 plate appearances, but Terrance Gore finally hit his first professional homer
They said it was impossible.
They said it couldn't be done.
But on Saturday night with the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers, Terrance Gore did something that few people thought that he could do -- he hit a home run.
Gore, of course, rose to prominence as the Royals' secret weapon on the bench during their 2014-15 postseason runs. He was almost exclusively a pinch-runner, but he was quite good at it, swiping 23 bags in 26 attempts combined in the regular season and the playoffs.
Gore's hitting career, however, has not been as prominent. He has made just nine MLB plate appearances, and in 1,938 times up to bat in the Minors, he had never once gone deep.
In his first at-bat on Saturday, though, the diminutive outfielder connected on a 3-2 offering from New Orleans Baby Cakes pitcher Scott Copeland, sending it far back in left field and over the wall for a two-run blast. This wasn't a wall-scraper, either, as it landed a good 401 feet away.
Professional homer No. 1 was Gore's first in a game that mattered since 2011 at Gulf Coast Community College. His stunning round-tripper brought back memories of Ben Revere hitting his first Major League homer on May 27, 2014, after 1,565 plate appearances.
Current Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper had a similar moment on Aug. 29, 1977, with the Indians, when he hit the only home run of his 12-year Major League career, a span of 3,754 plate appearances.
However, both Revere and Kuiper had previously homered in the Minors. This was completely unprecedented for Gore, and it must rank among the most unlikely home runs in the history of organized baseball.