Akil Baddoo was stunned to even be invited to spring coaching by the Detroit Tigers, however to make the common season crew? A pipe dream. However after having a scorching hot spring training with the Tigers that pipe dream turned actuality. Baddoo was chosen by the Tigers this 12 months within the Rule 5 draft, the place one crew can choose unprotected gamers from one other crew, in Baddoo’s case the Tigers snagged him from the Minnesota Twins. Baddoo performed 4 years within the depths of the Twins’ minor league system, suffered profession hampering damage and didn’t play in any respect final 12 months as a result of minor leagues’ covid cancelled season. So, Akil was a protracted shot at greatest, however his storybook begin couldn’t have been written higher, along with his very first main league pitch in his very first main league at bat.
The truth that his mother and father obtained to witness what Akil did with that first pitch is the icing on the Baddoo cake.
by way of AP:
Baddoo gave the bat a bit of flip, and his pleasure was apparent as he rounded the bases. He stated after the sport he did not bear in mind what precisely was going by means of his thoughts.
“I could not inform you,” he stated. “I used to be simply so blissful that I used to be capable of put a great swing on the ball and hit a house run.”
The Tigers host a sequence versus the Minnesota Twins this week. Will Baddoo be further motivated to beat the crew that neglected him? Keep tuned.