Unlike the NFL or NBA, when you’re drafted in Major League Baseball, you know there’s going to be a small journey to the Big Show. Even the most highly touted prospects end up spending at least a year or two (barring the rare exception) in the minor leagues, though, you never think you’re going to spend a near decade waiting for your call-up.
That’s exactly what happened to San Diego Padres catcher Chris Robinson, who spent the past nine seasons floundering around in a variety of different minor league systems.
However, when starting catcher Nick Hundley left the team on paternity leave, the open roster spot was there for the taking and Robinson got the call he’d been waiting a lifetime for.
The 29-year-old, despite being called up earlier this month hasn’t played very often, yet to start a game as he’s only appeared as a pinch hitter in five contests prior to last night’s win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Through this five at-bat’s, he was hitless, but after his sixth at-bat, he was hitless no more.
Robinson cranked a three-run, eighth inning blast en route to the 12-2 victory, the home run being the first hit of Robinson’s career.
It also lead to Robinson being unexpectedly attacked by a group of teammates, ready to give him a beer shower: