“Not Much More I Can Ask For” Philadelphia Phillies Veteran Jean Segura Says About Storybook Moment
Jean Segura played 1,328 games before his first postseason contest against the St. Louis Cardinals. Although it’s an old story now, everyone knows that Segura played 1, games before his first postseason contest against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Despite that, Segura looked as if he was a veteran of over 100 postseason contests in his first appearance. His quick turn on a sixth-inning double play kept the PHILPHILIES in the game. He played solid defense and hoped for a big hit.
It couldn’t have happened at a better time.
The Phillies loaded the bases in the ninth inning with one out and one run. Segura was able to shine. It was not an easy look on Cardinals reliever Adrian Pallante, who was basking in the shadows at Busch Stadium.
Segura got himself into a count of 2-2. After taking a big cut, and then missing Pallante’s fastball for strike 2, the slider came.
Segura was just half a meter from the ground and rolled one past an infielder for the biggest hit of his career.
Segura said about his hit:
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“It’s a lot of adrenaline in my body. It’s like giving a toy to a child and seeing them happy and jumping around. It’s a wonderful feeling to be in a situation like that, especially in postseason. This is why you play the game. “
The hit was only 87.2 mph off the bat, but it was just enough. Segura stated, “I was trying to put the ball into play and play the game.” “
It’s natural to expect any big leaguer, except Matt Stairs, to say they were just trying to put the ball in play, but few mean it like Segura. For his career he sports a strikeout-rate of 13.9%.
While that might have been gaudy 50 years ago, today he is one of the best hitters at avoiding the strikeout. Among all MLB players, Segura boasts a K% better than 88-percent of all players. Segura was able to experience the excitement of playing on the biggest stage of baseball.
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