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.