Announcement FanSided's Game of Thrones recap show streams live at noon eastern. ×

San Diego Padres rookie hits first homerun off Cliff Lee


Sep 11, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Padres first baseman Tommy Medica (54) celebrates hitting a home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports


This is a night that Tommy Medica will remember for the rest of his life. Medica is making his major league debut for the San Diego Padres. That’s not the only reason why Medica won’t forget tonight. In his second major league at bat, Medica hit a home run that cleared the fence in left center field by a good bit….off of none other than Cliff Lee.

Lee, being one of the best pitchers in the game averages less than 1 homerun allowed per nine innings. On this night however, Lee threw a fastball down the heart of the plate and Medica was able to hit it hard. Hitting homeruns is not something new for Medica as he has 18 homeruns in 76 minor league games this season.

Medica, a first baseman, is getting a start due to the injury that Yonder Alonso suffered at the end of August. Alonso’s recovery has not gone as quickly as scheduled as he has been slow to regain hand strength.

I don’t believe that Alonso has too much to worry about as far as job security while he rehabilitates. Yonder, the doubles machine, is too good of a hitter to be replaced that easily, however it still makes for a fantastic story that Medica will be able to tell the young ones one day.

Not a bad debut.

Topics: Cliff Lee, MLB, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, Tommy Medica

Want more from FanSided?  
Subscribe to FanSided Daily for your morning fix. Enter your email and stay in the know.

18 minutes ago

Mets to debut ‘Military Monday’ jerseys

20 minutes ago

Breaker of Chains review: Game of Thrones recap show

22 minutes ago

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman retires