-Felix Pie, on his first major-league hit
After running down some of the reactions to Lou Montanez’s assignment to Triple-A Norfolk, Wednesday’s Midweek Trivia encouraged O’s fans to get to know Felix Pie, starting with the following question: Who was pitching when Felix Pie got his first major league hit, a double, on April 17, 2007?
Answer: In his much anticipated big-league debut, Pie recorded his first major league hit, an RBI double in the fifth inning, off of future Hall-of-Famer Greg Maddux. It was Pie’s lone hit in six at-bats that day.
Said Pie after the game, ”I can’t explain that. It’s my dream. He’s like, the best pitcher.”
Pie scored the game’s tying run on a Derrek Lee single. Also of note, he threw out the Padres’ potential game-winning run, in the form of Brian Giles, at home plate in the 10th inning. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com described the play as follows:
His throw home was a perfect strike — the Cubs haven’t seen an accurate arm like that from their outfielders since Andre Dawson roamed right from 1987-92.
“It was real heads-up on his part,” said Cubs catcher Michael Barrett, the recipient of Pie’s throw. “He was very aggressive and [with] a lot of accuracy. Awesome play. It was straight in the air — I think they clocked it at 105 [mph] on the radar.”
Overall, Pie recorded his first Major League hit, RBI, run, and assist in a game the Cubs lost 4-3 in 14 innings.
Some other Pie tidbits –
-He recorded his first major league home run on April 27, 2007, off Anthony Reyes of the St. Louis Cardinals.
-His minor league journey included stops with the Rookie League Arizona Cubs, low-A Boise Hawks, high-A Daytona Cubs, Triple-A Iowa Cubs, Single-A Lansing Lugnuts, and Double-A West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx.
-In Chicago, he changed his uniform number from 17, previously worn by Mark Grace, to 20. Pie explained that he made the switch because he wore No. 20 in the minors. He’ll wear the number 18 with the Birds, who retired the No. 20 in honor of Frank Robinson.
-And finally, for your heckling repertoire at Camden Yards (I’m looking directly at you, Lou Montanez fans), when a teenage Felix Pie picked up a bat for the first time, he held it cross-handed.