Story writes new chapter with 4th homer

Rookie becomes first player in modern era to HR in first three games of career

April 6th, 2016

PHOENIX -- Rockies shortstop Trevor Story had a seemingly harder time describing how it feels to do something that's never been done before than actually doing it.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Story, the Rockies' 11th-ranked prospect according to, became the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to homer in each of his first three games when he went deep for the fourth time this season in the first inning of Wednesday's 4-3 win over the D-backs. His shot gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead against left-hander Patrick Corbin.

"It's an honor," Story said. "I can't really understand it. It's just kind of surreal that this has happened.

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"That's not the goal, to hit home runs. It's just trying to hit the ball hard."

Folks have been trying to hit balls hard for 147 years, since the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first to organize as a pro baseball team. But no one had homered twice while making his Major League debut in a season opener until Story did it -- off D-backs free-agent prize Zack Greinke, no less.

When he went deep again Tuesday, off highly-regarded offseason acquisition Shelby Miller, Story became the second player in history to follow a two-homer debut with a homer the next game. He joined Charles Reilly (1889) of the Columbus Solons in that category. Story also joined the Cardinals' Joe Cunningham (1954) by hitting three homers in his first two games.

Tuesday's homer also made Rockies history, as Story and Todd Helton (1997) are the only players in club history to homer in their first two Major League games.

Still, how could Story have expected to pop Corbin's first-pitch, 92-mph fastball into the left-field seats on Wednesday?

"Sometimes they just go out," Story said. "It's been kind of a bizarre thing right now, but I'm just trying to square the ball up."

No one saw this coming.

Story was expected to be good. The Rockies drafted him as a supplemental first-round pick out of Irving (Texas) High School in 2011, 45th overall. Since then, he has put on muscle that has helped his athletic ability and endurance, but there was no indication he would be launching balls over the fence at this rate. Last year, Story hit a career-high 20 home runs -- 10 at Double-A New Britain, 10 at Triple-A Albuquerque. Before then, his best was 18 at Class A Asheville in 2012.

With Troy Tulowitzki traded to the Blue Jays and Jose Reyes out while MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred rules on whether to suspend him for an offseason domestic violence charge, Story won the shortstop job by hitting six Spring Training homers.

"He's just a talented kid who's in a zone right now," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "When guys who are that talented get locked in like that, it's fun to watch."

It wasn't as much fun for D-backs manager Chip Hale, whose team dropped two of three while watching Story and his teammates hit 10 home runs. But he could marvel at Story.

"Good player; really good player," Hale said. "We knew that. We saw him in Spring Training. We've seen him for years. He's a good-looking player. Obviously, the league will get a good look at him now, too."