New York Mets
T.J. Rivera #54
New York Mets rookie third baseman T.J. Rivera smacked a line drive single to center field leading off the bottom of the 10th inning in a 2-2 game for his first career Major League Baseball hit. Rivera, an undrafted Bronx native whom the Mets called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Las Vegas, finished 1-for-5 in the Mets’ 3-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 12 innings at New York’s Citi Field.
QUOTE: “I’ve heard a lot of Minor League guys talk about how this guy can really hit,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “After I got my first hit it kind of felt like, OK, a lot of weight comes off. But the whole game I really felt like I still had to smack myself. Like, I’m here. I’m actually here,” Rivera said.
FACT: Before being called up to the Majors, Rivera, 27, was enjoying a .349 Pacific Coast League batting average, and has a .323 career average in the Minors.