With all apologies to Adrian Gonzalez (who recorded his 300th career home run on Sunday), today belongs to Rob Segedin. After more than six years of working, dreaming and toiling, Segedin finally had the opportunity to step onto a Major League field to prove that he belongs. Based on yesterdays outcome, he just might find himself wearing "Blue" for longer than a "Cup of Coffee". And to think, he almost retired from the game last year. Per JP Hoornstra at the OC Register:
The 27-year-old utility player was contemplating retirement a year ago, when the New York Yankees demoted him from Triple-A to Double-A.Thankfully for us Rob decided to stick it out. He recorded four RBI's in his debut to lead the Dodgers over the Rod Sox, 8-5.
“It was my wife’s and my second anniversary,” he recalled. “I’d just got sent down. … I felt like I was going backward. Maybe the opportunity won’t come here. I was hoping to get my release and the Yankees were adamant about not giving it to me. Do I wait it out another year and a half and hope I get to free agency, or just hope that something happens?”
“I’ve always trusted in my abilities,” he said. “Sometimes when you’re with an organization and you’re not a free agent and you’re stuck, there’s only so many opportunities you can get. I’m just thankful that the Dodgers did the trade in January.”In celebration of Segedin's arrival to Los Angeles I made the above fantasy card for him. I used a photograph taken by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016 and the 1978 Topps Baseball card design.
Check out his career stats via Baseball-Reference below:
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