Monday, May 3, 2010
If You're Not First, You're Last
I don't really believe that, but it fits for today's post because Padres rookie Lance Zawadzki has laid claim to a whole bunch of firsts.
-He made his 1st Major League Start on Sunday.
-He got his 1st career hit in that game.
-He became the 1st Padres in history with a last name that started with the letter "Z" to appear in a game.
-He conducted his 1st Big League interview today with me when I talked to him on the pregame show.
But perhaps the most interesting first in Lance Zawadzki's young career is something you probably never saw coming. Mr. Zawadzki collected the 1st base hit in PETCO Park history. He did it back in 2004 when he was a member of SDSU Aztecs. If you remember (and even if you don't), the Aztecs actually played the 1st game in PETCO Park history back on March 11, 2004 against Houston. State won that game and Lance got his name in the record books. Pretty neat that more then 6 years later he earned his 1st major league hit in the ballpark he christened.
For the record, the 1st Big League hit in PETCO Park history belongs to Brian Giles. He got it in the bottom of the 1st of the 1st Padres game in '04.