In this abbreviated 60 game baseball season that may be on thin ice with the revelation that 11 Miami Marlins players and two coaches tested positive for COVID-19, there are still some cool stories out there. On Monday night, two kids, one with local ties, the other, a rookie for the Reds, gave Central Ohio a reason to cheer. In Houston, Seattle Mariners rookie Evan White, a product of Gahanna Lincoln High School, launched his first major league home run. It's likely the first of many for White who is considered one of baseball's brightest young prospects.
White later would also deliver a run scoring single. Unfortunately for the Mariners, the memorable night for White came in an 8-5 loss to Houston.
White debuted last weekend with Seattle. Since fans are not allowed at games due to COVID-19, White's family in Gahanna was unable to attend his major league debut. The Mariners did the next best thing, as his family left him an emotional video message that White was able to see prior to his first game.
Meanwhile, in Cincinnati Monday night, Tyler Stephenson's first at bat could not have gone better. He was sent up as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and rocked the second pitch he saw over the wall in left center for a home run.
Stephenson became just the fourth Reds player in history, and the first since 1950, to hit a home run in his first major league at bat.