ST. PETERSBURG — Third baseman Evan Longoria joked at first with what it meant to hit the 164th home run of his occupation in the third inning of Wednesday night’s 16-1 win over the New york yankees at Tropicana Field.
It was his second homer of the season, using the first coming back on April 3, against the Blue Jays. It had been 13 games and 49 at-bats since he went backyard.
‘I guess it was about time,’ Longoria said, smiling.
But that fun time off the Trop’s ‘C’-ring catwalk was more than simply his long-awaited second homer involving 2014. The two-run shot pushed your pet past former Tampa Fresh first baseman Carlos Pena and established your pet as the franchise’s all-time home run leader.
‘It involved quite a while to do it,’ Longoria said. ‘But it came in a game that any of us needed to win. This was a fantastic statement win for us, as a way to come out against [Yankees right-hander Ivan] Nova, who has provided us trouble in the past, and put together an offensive performance similar to we did today. It is one of those games where you desire it kind of propels an individual going forward. It was fun in order to do it in today’s game.’
But for Longoria, 28, there was a greater meaning to the homer.
Longoria has signed two long-term contract extensions together with the Rays since 2008, whilst broke into the Majors. The second became a six-year, $100 million pact that could keep your pet with Tampa Bay through the 2023 season. When he signed in which pact, he thought about what it means to become a Ray for life, to become the young club’s initially real franchise player.
He simply began his seventh time in the Majors, and he is the merely franchise home run leader with baseball currently active with similar team.
In that sense, finally etching his name atop the Rays’ leaderboard meant quite a bit to be able to him.
‘I’m going to be here for a long time. I guess if you’re going to established [the record], set it early and try to established the bar high,Inch he said. ‘It’s meaningful, because once i signed my contract, that was kind of the whole goal — to permit this franchise to have anyone to look at for the long term, and when folks think about the organization, think that you’ve had players that wanted to and have absolutely played their whole employment opportunities here.
‘Regardless of the timeframe, I do think that has just been my absolute goal, to kind of set of which example for the organization continue.’
Longoria’s first career homer came off Brian Bruney of the New york yankees on April 14, The year 2008, during an 8-7 loss at Tropicana Discipline. In a way it’s fitting that his first homer as well as the record-breaker came against the Yankees, considering how well he’s hit in opposition to them. He has homered 26 periods against New York, seven more than any other player in the Majors because 2008.
The three-time All-Star and 2008 American League Rookie of the Year has accomplished quite a bit in his profession, and manager Joe Maddon thinks he is capable of much more.
‘[When Longoria linked Pena], my first thought ended up being to thank Carlos for all the great do the job he did for us. Longo’s going to keep adding to that,’ Maddon claimed. ‘I would say at least twice that. At least.’
‘That’s quite a activity,’ Longoria added, smiling. ‘I’m simply going to try to hit Zero. 3 tomorrow.’