Posted by GameSetMatch on April 6th, 2010
Dan Haren was so winded running the bases in front of Stephen Drew during the shortstop’s inside-the-park home run Monday on Opening Day that the Diamondbacks pitcher said it took him nearly two full innings to recover.
Drew’s fourth-inning shot off Jon Garland, the sixth by a Diamondbacks player, took a lot of people’s breath away.
“Probably the most exciting play in baseball,” manager A.J. Hinch said.
“Man,” right fielder Justin Upton said, “that was fun to watch.”
Drew has hit for the cycle, turned a triple play and now hit an inside-the-park homer. Where does the latter rank in his career?
“It’s up there,” Drew said. “I was telling (first baseman Adam) LaRoche, ‘I’ve seen it on TV, but I’ve never been a part of it on the field.’ To actually do it, it was exciting.
“With the roof open, the wind was kind of swirling all around and the ball just kept carrying and going left. . . . It hit (off the wall) and I got a good bounce. It was unexpected. You don’t think about it. You’re just running hard and you see the ball do that and nobody’s near the ball, you get a chance to score so, it’s pretty neat.”
Click here to read the full article – By Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic