Monday, May 20, 2013
One pitch is all you need. On Saturday, Arizona Diamondbacks' outfielder, Gerardo Parra, hit the first pitch of the game out of the park. While leadoff homeruns are a nice luxury for an away team, it's very rare that they prove to be the deciding run. In fact, the same feat has not been accomplished since 1963 when Pete Rose's homer lead the Reds to a 1-0 victory over the Mets. That means, Parra and Rose are the only two players in the last 50 years to hit a game-starting leadoff homerun which served as the only run of the game. Though this statistic is "Cooperstown-esque", you have about as good a chance of finding it in the Hall-of-Fame as Pete Rose's plaque.