Jaylin Davis hits first major league home run to give Giants a walk-off win
Jaylin Davis finally got a fat breaking ball like the ones he saw in the minor leagues this year and the final at bat of the game had gone on just long enough — six pitches — for him to feel comfortable and confident enough in himself and his swing to do what he knows best against them.
There’s no better way to get your first major league home run. Maybe if it’s against a Hall of Famer, but even in the case of Clark v. Ryan, a walk-off against Nolan Ryan would’ve heightened Will Clark’s legendary status. No, Jaylin Davis did not hit a better first major league home run than Will Clark did, but then again, if Davis goes on to an All-Star career, maybe our view of this one might change a bit.
But in less context-y news, here’s a rookie who has struggled after working so hard to get here. It hasn’t looked easy for him but he’s never looked like he’s folded, and that perseverance is what got him to tonight. And because he’s a baseball player, it means he wasn’t thinking about his 4-for-32 coming into the at bat nor at any point in the 7-pitch at bat.
All we have is now. We can use now to dwell on the past or fret about the future or we can simply be in the moment. The Giants will suffer their third consecutive losing season (the past). They probably won’t be much better next year (the future). What about these final five games? They matter. Just not in the profound way we’d like them to. But they exist. They serve the purpose of entertainment. They serve to payoff dangling threads or simply as a reward for all the time we’ve spent watching them. We heard Jaylin Davis hit 35 home runs in the minors. Tonight we got to see that power in action. And it was beautiful. Read more.