NEW YORK — Talk about an unforgettable day for the Heineman family.
Texas Rangers outfielder Scott Heineman hit his first career major-league home run on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium — the same exact day his brother, Tyler, earned his first career major-league call-up from the Miami Marlins.
“It was pretty special,” Scott said after the Rangers lost 10-1 to the New York Yankees. “And it was funny, going into the at-bat ‘Rougie’ [Rougned Odor] was all over me. He’s like, ‘You beat your brother to the big leagues, but are you going to beat him to a home run? Don’t let him beat you.’ So it was cool to get it out of the way.”
Scott’s parents, Steve and Kathy, both grew up in New York. Steve was a Mets fan, though he did take his sons to old Yankee Stadium.
On Tuesday, Steve and Kathy were both in Pittsburgh to see Tyler.
“It’s something you dream of,” Scott said. “And for it to happen here, it’s just funny how the world works. My dad’s side of the family was all in the stands [in New York] tonight.”
A keepsake, and a story to go with it
Scott, 26, who was appearing in his 14th career MLB game, connected off righty Jonathan Loaisiga with one out in the ninth inning. His first career homer landed in the right-field seats. He got the ball back, but it wasn’t without somewhat of a “controversy.”
Ryan Kindler, 15, and his father, Eric, came away with the ball in Section 104, Row 2. But a couple sections away, someone else threw a decoy onto the field as fans yelled “Throw it back! Throw it back!” The decoy was then picked up by a ball boy who threw in back into the stands along the right-field line.
Pretty cool. Decoy came from a different section lol pic.twitter.com/e0hDp98Soy— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzYahoo) September 4, 2019
Confusion reigned, with Yankees PA announcer Paul Olden saying at one point over the stadium loudspeakers that it was Scott’s first career homer, and he’d like his ball back. Once elated Rangers players were now frustrated over the situation in their dugout.
But it turned out to be all for naught. And the decoy looked nothing like an official MLB ball.
Scott gave Ryan a signed ball and bat in exchange for the home run ball outside the Rangers clubhouse.
“It’s kind of surreal at first,” Ryan said of getting the ball, which glanced off his left arm before Eric picked it up. “Because everyone’s standing around yelling throw it back. But we weren’t throwing it back regardless.”
“I just thought it was pretty funny,” Scott said.
Getting props from the Bleacher Creatures
Scott entered Tuesday’s game in the seventh inning, and received a typical “warm welcome” from the Bleacher Creatures in right-field.
“I got to give them credit,” Scott said. “I came into right field and they were all over me. That section in right field is tough. They were saying, ‘Triple-A Heineman.’ Going through some of my history. So much stuff.”
But then he homered. And, as a result, Scott had earned their respect.
“I got back to the dugout and they were actually chanting my name like they do with the Yankees players and the ‘Roll Call,’ ” Scott said. “They kept chanting my name until I gave them a quick signal. I thought that was pretty cool.”
What a day.
Signed ball with a nice message pic.twitter.com/jKY1ybBWeW— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzYahoo) September 4, 2019
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