ATLANTA — About 4 hours earlier than his inaugural at-bat as an enormous leaguer, Brett Baty spoke at some size about his lack of expectations. He may very well be right here every week. He may very well be right here 20 years. All he knew was this:
“I’m right here for a cause,” Baty mentioned. “I’ll let it present.”
4 hours later, Baty jogged across the Truist Park infield filth, having turn into the fifth Mets participant to homer in his first profession at-bat (and doing so on his first profession swing). His mild brown hair peeked out from beneath his helmet as he thrust his index and pinkie fingers into the air, eyes searching for his dad and mom and sister within the stands. Baty’s household, having pushed in from Texas the earlier evening, flashed the bull horns again at him.
Within the visiting dugout, one other celebration awaited as Baty acquired hugs and excessive fives from his brand-new teammates. Jacob deGrom smacked his hand on high of Baty’s helmet, tilting the brim down over his eyes. Baty grinned out from beneath it, in bliss.
By the top of the Mets’ 9-7 win over the Braves, it was abundantly clear that Baty belonged. Along with becoming a member of Mike Jacobs, Kazuo Matsui, Mike Fitzgerald and Benny Ayala as the one Mets to open their careers with a homer of their first at-bat, Baty smoked a 113 mph line drive off left-hander Tyler Matzek, delivering the hardest-hit ball by a Met in a left-on-left matchup since 2016. On the primary defensive play in his profession, he made a working throw to nab Ronald Acuña Jr. at first.
Baty completed 1-for-4 and dealt with all 4 of his defensive probabilities with out vital challenge, in a sport the Mets held on to win due to Starling Marte’s two homers, Max Scherzer’s 6 1/3 innings and Edwin Díaz’s late-game dominance.