Seiya Suzuki leaves no doubt on first career MLB homer
All spring long, much of the talk surrounding Seiya Suzuki and the Cubs was on how the outfielder can adjust to the MLB game after coming over from Japan.
So far, there hasn’t been much of an adjustment period.
Suzuki crushed his first career MLB home run in the 1st inning Sunday afternoon, a blast to left-center.
He had worked himself into a favorable 3-1 count and then sent a Freddy Peralta offering deep into the bleachers. Neither Brewers outfielder took a step as the ball was gone off the crack of the bat.
He also showed off his budding home run celebration with Cubs third base coach Willie Harris, bowing as he rounded the bag and headed for home:
“I was really happy and it’s obviously a moment I’ll never forget,” Suzuki said through translator Toy Matsushita.
This came after a strong start to the season by Suzuki in the first 2 games.
In his debut on Opening Day, he walked twice and collected his first MLB hit off reigning NL Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes.
On Saturday, Suzuki walked, singled, hit a sacrifice fly and drove home 3 runs as the Cubs won 9-0.
With the homer and another walk Sunday, the 27-year-old boasts a .375/.538/.750 slash line to start his career.
Suzuki becomes the 4th Cubs player to record 6 RBI in his first 3 games, joining Jorge Soler (2014), Starlin Castro (2010) and Larry Hoffman (1901).
Even more impressive, he’s done this while going up against the Brewers’ top three starting pitchers who all ranked among the best in the game in 2021.
“I’m not trying to overthink anything,” Suzuki said. “Obviously the reason why I’m here right now and the reason why I’m going to be able to adjust like this is because of the staff and my coaches, my teammates. Give credit to them.”