But baseball can also be a lot of fun, and even Team Tank should get something to celebrate once in a while. And after a roller coaster July, Rangers catcher Jonah Heim made sure the month ended with a flourish by hitting a walk-off, two-run homer to defeat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 in extras on the night after the trade deadline.
It was a much needed, feel-good moment amidst all the baseball chaos.
Jonah Heim delivered a clutch, feel-good moment Saturday night as the Texas Rangers walked off the Seattle Mariners in extra innings
That bomb, Heim’s seventh this season, followed his sixth bomb of the year, also hit in this game!
A night to remember for the 26-year-old backstop, that’s for sure. But Saturday night also proved to be a record-setting night for Heim, as he became the first Texas Rangers player to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in a single game since Milton Bradley back in 2008.
No, not that Milton Bradley, the legendary board game franchise founder. Milton Bradley, the baseball player, who spent 11 years in MLB from 2000-2011, including that 2008 season with Texas.
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The Rangers have had a number of esteemed power hitters play for their team (including a recently departed one), but only two can say they’ve ever accomplished this feat. Jonah Heim is now one of those players.
On the season, Heim sports a .220/.263/.667 triple slash in 168 at-bats, with those aforementioned seven home runs. While those numbers may not look great on the surface, he’s been extremely valuable to this team since they acquired him in the Khris Davis-Elvis Andrus trade with the A’s in February, particularly on the defensive side.
But if the 26-year-old Heim would like to make these types of games a habit, we certainly wouldn’t mind that!
For now though, a feel-good moment for a feel-good player and a night for the record books as the Texas Rangers closed out July with a much-needed boost.