Up until Wednesday night’s game against the A’s, Miguel Rojas had hit the same amount of home runs this season as the average person reading this article. That all changed when Rojas smacked his first dinger of the 2023 campaign.
It was the first time in 156 games that Rojas went yard and he celebrated as if he never hit a home run before. When he got back to the dugout after rounding the bases, he was ecstatic.
The Dodgers dugout was feeling loose last night as the team commanded the entire game and ended up winning 10-1. The players showed some personality as they celebrated Rojas’s home run.
As the team does when someone hits their first career home run, Rojas received the silent treatment from the dugout.
In response, Rojas showed off his moves and started dancing, before the team eventually joined in.
In his postgame media availability, Rojas explained why he celebrated as if he hit his first career home run.
“It’s not my first one, but it feels like it,” Rojas said. “I knew the guys were gonna play a trick on me and do the silent treatment and all that, but I don’t care. I told Dave when I got to the dugout that I’m gonna dance by myself right here. I don’t care, I’ve been waiting for this moment for so long.”Via Orange County Register
Rojas has been struggling at the plate all season. In 79 games entering Thursday, he’s hitting .217 and has one of the lowest OPS in the leagues at .525.
Due to his struggles recently, Rojas has primarily been a defensive player who only plays the late innings when defense is needed.
The Dodgers shortstop has realized his struggles and wants to do whatever he can to help the team out as the playoffs approach.
“It’s definitely been kind of disappointing for my own eyes because I expect a lot more from me, at least to be more productive on a daily basis,” said Rojas. “But I can’t sit here and say I’m gonna feel bad for myself, because I’m playing on a team that is 16 games over .500 and playing shortstop. I’m gonna keep doing whatever the team needs me to be doing, for me to keep helping the team, if it’s defense, running the bases, being a voice out on the field. But if I can get myself going for these last couple months, it’s going to be important for us.”Via Orange County Register
The jokes from the Dodgers didn’t stop in the dugout. After the game, Rojas received a baseball from the team marking his accomplishment. On the ball, the date of the game is shown and it reads “Miguel Rojas First Home Run as a Dodger.”
Now that he’s gotten his first out of the way, fans will have to wait and see how long it will take for Rojas to hit his second home run as a Dodger.
Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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