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Thursday, June 23, 2022

696 games later, he gets his 1st at-bat, and well ...

Cubs reliever David Robertson waited until the 696th game of his 14-season career for his first. So who can blame him for smiling after striking out?

In the ninth inning of the Cubs’ 14-5 rout of the Pirates on Wednesday, the veteran reliever, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning, grabbed Yan Gomes’ helmet and Christopher Morel’s bat to see how the other half lives. It’s an opportunity that, in Robertson’s words, “made my dream come true.”

“[Manager David Ross and I] talked about it before the position player got in,” Robertson said. “If the DH was up and I came in, he could pinch-hit me for the DH. So we talked about it. I just didn’t think it was going to happen. We had to go all the way through the order for me to get up there.

“And then I blew it. I blew it!”...

Entering Wednesday, Robertson’s 695 career games were fourth most of any player without a plate appearance, behind only Buddy Groom (786), Joakim Soria (773) and Bryan Shaw (722). The last time he’d made a plate appearance was high school.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2022 at 12:35 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: June 24, 2022 at 06:30 AM (#6083670)
Those pitches didn't even break the national speed limit! (Yes, I know there's no more national speed limit. But I'm old.)
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: June 24, 2022 at 09:05 AM (#6083680)
toss in some old school Bacardi with my Coke
   3. Adam Starblind Posted: June 24, 2022 at 09:10 AM (#6083682)
Looks like Kendall Graveman lost his place in the history books.
   4. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: June 24, 2022 at 09:54 PM (#6083775)
Re 2: Bottoms up!
   5. John Northey Posted: June 26, 2022 at 01:27 PM (#6083923)
Love it. This is something I love in baseball. When guys get shots to do something they never did before. So much fun to watch.

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