The Seattle Mariners continue to exceed expectations this MLB season and are having a lot of fun while doing it, too. You can tell by the massive bench celebration that ensued after Donovan Walton hit his first ever big-league home run in a thrilling 6-5 win on Monday afternoon.
Walton had a priceless reaction as well. He even spoke about how he blacked out after he saw the right fielder stop running. The 27-year-old's trot around the bases only proved his excitement as he broke into a near sprint because he wanted to get back to his teammates so badly.
Donovan Walton's First HR
Walton's first homer wasn't a lucky one, either. He clobbered a baseball that travelled 388 feet and came off his bat with an exit velocity of 100 mph. The former fifth-round pick back in 2016 has hit 25 minor-league home runs in his career, but none of them compare to one hit at the MLB level.
With a versatility to play multiple positions in the infield, Walton could possibly carve out a role for himself on this team for the rest of the season. He has 8 hits in 40 at-bats so far this season, but needs to cut down on his strikeout rate if he wants to stick around.
All things considered, it's not shocking to hear that Walton already has the home run ball in a protective case and that he plans to give it to his parents. Those kind of moments are exactly what every little kid playing the sport of baseball dreams about.
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