James Outman says he used to dream it. He lived off it on Sunday.
The 25-year-old outfielder made his MLB debut on Sunday after being called up by the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the first at bat of his MLB career, he gave the Dodgers the lead with a two-run homerun against the Colorado Rockies. Outman launched a 1-1 pitch from Germany’s Marquez into the Rockies bullpen at Coors Field, much to the delight of his friends and family in the stands.
His fiancé documented the moment — and her reaction — from her perspective.
Outman wasn’t ready yet. He continued his home run with two more hits en route to becoming the first player in Dodgers history to record a home run, three hits, three RBI and two runs scored in his MLB debut. His outburst at the plate led the Dodgers to a 7-3 victory. He did it all from the nine holes.
“It was a dream come true, I think,” Outman told SportsNet LA. “It’s kind of what I’ve envisioned since I was eight years old. …
“As soon as I took the swing, I blacked out. I told myself just before the at bat to relax because I knew I would have a lot of nerves. I just wanted to relax and let what I’ve been doing for 20 years take over.”
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The Dodgers selected Outman in the seventh round of the 2018 MLB draw from Cal State Sacramento. MLB.com rates him as the number 17 prospect in the Dodgers system. He certainly exceeded expectations on Sunday and probably deserved some more top-level looks.
“Historic – what a debut,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters. “Really nice to see. You can just see his joy. A day that he has dreamed of, and that it would turn out this way. Today was about James Outman, and I couldn’t be happier.”