Detroit Tigers’ Akil Baddoo Hit a Home Run on His First MLB Pitch
This is going to be a weird season for all sports teams out there with the new restrictions due to COVID-19. With fewer people in the stands, will the roar of the crowd ever feel the same as it has in past years?
Probably not exactly the same, but that roar was heard loud and proud by Tigers fans on Sunday when the Tigers outfielder Akil Baddoo hit a homer after his first pitch in an MLB game.
Baddoo told the press and fans that he was just grateful to be able to hit in front of his friends and family.
“I’m just living in the moment,” Baddo said. “I got a good pitch to hit, and I was able to hit it in front of my family and everyone.”
Baddoo isn't the first Detroit Tiger to hit a home run on their first career pitch in an MLB game. That honor goes to first baseman George Vico who played for the Tigers in the late 1940s.
Fans who were at the game explained it was a magical moment to be part of. Everything felt different because only 8,200 fans were allowed into Comerica Park, but this was a moment of normalcy. When asked about the incredible pitch and her experience at the game, Jessica Gibbons, a Detroit Tigers spectator, said,
“It was a different experience going to the game with the capacity restriction. It felt like people were less invested because there wasn’t as much clapping or cheering, but when Baddoo hit that home run, everyone went wild.”
You can see a video Baddoo's first career at bat below.