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I am a freelance writer. I've covered the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals and others since 1992. I have a background in sales as well. I've sold consumer electronics, advertising and consumer package goods for companies ranging from the now defunct Circuit City to Procter&Gamble. I have worked as a stats operator for Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati, the College of Mount St. Joe and Colerain High School.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Ramon Cabrera's First Hit Memorable Yet Lost

Imagine Ramon Cabrera, who is 25-years old right now, sitting in his living room with his grandchildren around 2055.  He tells his eight-year old grandson about his former teammate, Hall of Famer, Joey Votto.
"I pinch hit for Votto and got my first big league hit," the 65-year tells his unbelieving grandson.

As unfathomable as this seems, it is the God's honest truth.

In the eighth inning in the middle of a rally against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Votto was ejected by home plate umpire Bill Welke with two strikes on him.  The Reds sent Cabrera, a switch hitter, to face lefty Tony Watson behind in the count, 1-2.

Cabrera dumped a single into rightfield for his first Major League hit. The native of Caracaus, Venezu
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ela was 0-for-5 in his brief stay with the Reds.  All of Cabrera's at bats had been taken left-handed.

The hit loaded the bases and extended the rally that got the Reds to within one run but it was lost in the national attention given to Votto's ejection and the aftermath of it.

"I didn't get to see it until the replay," said manager Bryan Price, who was ejected after Votto and had to leave the field. "It was one of the many moments in that inning that showed fortitude."

Cabrera was smiling about the hit when asked about in Thursday afternoon after Votto, who occupies a double cubicle less than 10 feet away.

"It was a surprise it would be that way," a smiling Cabrera said.  "It's part of the game but I would never have believed it would be like that."

If it is difficult for Cabrera to believe it the day after it happened how is an eight-year old 40 years from now supposed to believe that his grandfather pinch hit for Joey Votto.

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