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Dodgers rookie James Outman hits HR in first at-bat of historic MLB debut

James Outman says he dreamed of it. He lived on Sundays.

The 25-year-old outfielder made his MLB debut on Sunday after being called up by the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the first at-bat of his MLB career, he put the Dodgers ahead with a two-run home run against the Colorado Rockies. Outman started the pitch 1–1 from the German marquess in the Rockies bullpen at Coors Field, much to the delight of his friends and family in the stands.

Her fiancé documented that moment – and her reaction – from her point of view.

Outman was not done. He followed up his home run with two more hits on his way to becoming First player in Dodgers history To record one home run, scored three hits, three RBIs and two runs in his MLB debut. His blast at the plate gave the Dodgers a 7-3 victory. He did it all with nine holes.

“It was like a dream come true, I guess,” Outman told Sportsnet L.A., “It’s the kind of thing I’ve been imagining since I was eight years old. …

“I was blacked out as soon as I took the swing. I was just asking to rest before the bat because I knew I must be on a lot of nerves. I just wanted to relax and do what I was doing Wanted to let him do it. Take over for 20 years.”

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The Dodgers selected the outman in the seventh round of the 2018 MLB Draft from Cal State Sacramento. MLB.com rates him as the No. 17 prospect in the Dodgers system. He certainly exceeded expectations on Sunday and is likely to see a few more at the big league level.

“Historic – what a beginning,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters. “Really fun to watch. You can just see his joy. One day he’s dreamed about, and for him to play like this. Today was about James Outman, and I’m more than happy Cannot be done.”

DENVER, COLORADO – JULY 31: James Outman #77 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits two home runs of RBIs in his Major League Baseball debut against the Colorado Rockies in the third inning at Coors Field on July 31, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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