The World Series champions have started their season with the right foot, as leadoff man George Springer racked the ball in his first at-bat of the season, punishing Cole Hamels in the process.
With this homer, Springer slammed the 100th homer of his career and also is the first player in Major League history to lead-off with a home run in back to back season, as another Astros player Terry Puhl, is the other player to hit a dinger as a leadoff in two different seasons, as he did it during the 1978 and 1980 seasons.
This homer comes after Ian Happ started the season with another one on the very first pitch of the season, on the Cubs and Marlins game celebrated in Marlins Park, which Chicago won 8-4 in Miami.
Springer is first player in MLB history to lead off back-to-back seasons with a HR. Former Astros OF Terry Puhl (1978. '80) was the only previous player to lead off two different seasons with a dinger.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) 29 de marzo de 2018
The Houston Astros are looking to revalidate their World Series title, as there are plenty of other teams trying to reach the championship, like the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals as the main contenders.
For the 2nd straight season, George Springer has led off the @astros season with a HR.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) 29 de marzo de 2018
Before his last year, no Astros player had hit a leadoff HR on Opening Day since Terry Puhl in 1980 vs the Dodgers.
Today's was also Springer's 100th career HR.