Sam Fuld hit his 1st career home run and recorded his 1st ever RBI in Sunday’s season ending loss to the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field. Going into the game, Fuld had not had a single home run or RBI in 78 major league games – 100 at-bats! Fuld hit a home run in the 5th inning for his 1st ever HR and RBI. And in his next at-bat, Fuld hit an RBI groundout to score a runner from 3rd base with less than 2 outs – make it 2 RBI’s. Fuld also had a double earlier in the game. No other player had had at least 67 official at-bats without having an RBI since 1920. Fuld hit .299 in limited time with the Cubs in 2009 and had an on-base percentage of .409. It’s unclear what role Fuld will play, if any, in 2009, but he clearly has the talent to play a back-up role in case of injury. Fuld had this to say – “It took so long, I figured something weird would happen like that, but I didn’t know it was going to be a home run. I thought maybe it’s be a hit by pitch or something like that. But yeah, it’s nice to get it out of the way.”
Congrats Sammy – you deserve it!