Yesterday, Ryon Healy became the first position player from the University of Oregon to make it to the MLB in 30 years. Today, he registered his first hit in a big way.
With the A’s trailing 2-1 against the Toronto Blue Jays in the bottom of the second inning, Healy stepped in with runners on first and second and one out and crushed a knuckleball from R.A. Dickey to left field, giving his squad a 4-2 lead.
According to Statcast, Healy’s first home run traveled 366 feet. Healy would go 2-for-4 on the day and nearly drove in a run on his other hit, but the call at the plate was overturned.
The rookie was rocking some fresh new white cleats, but after the celebration, he’ll need to replace those.
More Ryon Healy: "My brand-new cleats got drenched with Gatorade, but they keep telling me this is the big leagues, so I can get new ones."— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 16, 2016
Healy made his MLB debut on Friday night, and while he didn't do much at the plate (he went 0-for-4), Healy showed off some impressive defense. Athletics Nation has a great rundown of Healy’s first night in the big leagues.