June 3, 2016: The Corey Seager game
By Cary Osborne
When Corey Seager signs his autograph tomorrow, next month, and for years to come, many of the signatures will be on this picture:
June 3, 2016, 9:41 p.m. at Dodger Stadium, his first career curtain call.
This event came mere moments after Seager hit his third home run of the game — the first three-homer game by a Dodger rookie since Don Demeter on April 21, 1959.
“That’s fun, that put a smile on my face,” Seager said of the atmosphere in the dugout after he hit home run No. 3 — a liner over the short fence in left field off Atlanta reliever Hunter Cervenka. “That’s something you really enjoy and soak in.”
All three of the homers were solo shots in the Dodgers’ 4-2 win against the Braves in the first game of a six-game homestand. Trayce Thompson provided the other punch with a solo homer in the fifth inning.
Seager hit the first in the fourth inning off Julio Teheran and the second off the Braves’ ace in the sixth — a blow that gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead at the time.
“It was one of those things that it didn’t matter where it was thrown, it looked like it was on a tee,” Seager said. “That’s a good feeling when you’re hitting.”
Seager now has 12 home runs. A Dodger shortstop has hit 12 home runs or more in a season only nine times. We’re 56 games into this season, so Seager is well on pace to break the shortstop record of 19 by Hanley Ramirez in 2013.
Remember the April Colorado’s Trevor Story had? (10 homers). Well, Seager is only three behind him for the National League lead for shortstops.
Seager is OPSing .849 — fourth among NL shortstops.
Coming into the season — based off what he did last September and being the No. 1 prospect in the game — expectations were high. As were hopes.
Seager has exceeded both acknowledged Dodger manager Dave Roberts.
“Yes, yes and yes,” Roberts said on if Seager has been better than expected and hoped. “I saw him a little last year and heard a lot from scouts and you evaluate him. He was a prospect. So to watch the day-to-day, get to know him as a person and a ballplayer, we’re lucky to have him. He’s unfazed. Whether it’s a big spot, the notoriety, the celebrity — he he just wants to play baseball.”