Pirates Quiet Third Baseman Lets His Bat Do The Talking In Home Opener

"Probably The Coolest Thing I've Ever Experienced On The Baseball Field"

Eric Hagman
April 02, 2018 - 6:42 pm
Colin Moran

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh (93.7 The Fan) - Colin Moran won't soon forget his first game--his first at bat--at PNC Park.  Who knows?  Maybe someday he'll even smile about it.  The Pirates new third baseman, one of the quieter players on the team, launched a grand slam off Minnesota's Lance Lynn in the first inning of Monday's 5-4 win in the home opener.

Moran, acquired from Houston in the Gerrit Cole trade in January, said he was relaxed when he went to the plate with two outs against the veteran Lynn, who had walked three batters.

 "Obviously with the bases loaded you're just trying to make sure that you get a good strike to hit.  It's tough to describe.  It's a good feeling--barrel on baseball.  You kind of know when you get it.  It was a good feeling to put a good swing on the ball."   

Moran joined Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente and Ralph Kiner as the only Pirates to hit a grand slam in a home opener.

"It's pretty cool to hear," he said without a hint of a smile.  It was an exciting moment.  I'm happy to contribute to a win."

After Moran circled the bases and returned to the dugout, his teammates urged him to make a curtain call, and he obliged.  "The coolest part of it was just my teammates' reaction and then the crowd's reaction.  That was probably the coolest thing I've ever experienced on the baseball field.  To do that was fun." 

Shortstop Jordy Mercer, due to bat next, was caught up in the moment.

"I didn't even want to hit.  I wanted him to enjoy the moment as much as he could, just because he's such a low-key guy.  Being on a new team, a new environment (and to do that).  I can't imagine what that would feel like."