“Want to Challenge Me…” Seattle Mariners Rookie Julio Rodriguez Blasts First Career Home Run to Shut Down Critics

Published 05/02/2022, 9:30 AM EDT

Major League Baseball is up and running in full force. Probably in every season, the league discovers a superstar for the future. From Juan Soto, Ronald Acuna Jr., and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., MLB has given a gem of players in the past few years. This season, in the name of Julio Rodriguez, MLB has got another superstar for the future.

Playing for the Seattle Mariners, Julio Rodriguez showed a glimpse of what he can do with his bat in the ballpark. The Mariners’ youngster blasted his first-ever home run against the Miami Marlins in the series finale on Sunday.

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With his brilliant performance from the plate, the Mariners defeated the Marlins in the last game of the series. The Mariners also put a stop to the seven-game winning streak of the Miami Marlins. 

Julio Rodriguez shines in the Seattle Mariners’ victory over the Miami Marlins

Before playing on Sunday, the Mariners had already lost the series to the Marlins. But the Mariners needed to win the third game to boost the confidence of the team. The game became more intense when the Marlis intentionally walked Abraham Toro.

The Mariners’ players did not like this attitude, and they wanted to respond with their game. Julio Rodriguez, who is playing in his rookie year, took revenge in the most fascinated way. The 31-years-old smashed his first career home run to win the game for the Mariners. It was a three-run homer. Later, he said that he felt good to get his first homer in an intense game like that.

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“That was a first — and that’s what they got,” Rodriguez said. “It was ‘OK, you want to challenge me, I’m going to give you the challenge. That is what I was feeling. ‘You want it? Let’s go.’ … I was really excited, honestly. It felt really good to get my first homer in a game like that.”

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With Rodriguez’s remarkable performance, the Seattle Mariners won the game 7-3 against the Marlins. However, it is still early to judge Rodriguez’s future based on one game. But, by the end of the season, we will get our answers.

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

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