To most people, Jason Tyner isn’t exactly a household name. In fact, most people don’t even know what team he plays for. Tyner, who started his career with the Mets and also spent time with the Devil Rays, is currently playing as a reserve outfielder for the Minnesota Twins. You may be asking yourself Why in the hell are we talking about Jason Tyner? Every baseball player, pitchers included, remembers their first big league home run. Everyone except Jason Tyner. Tyner, who has 1165 career at bats, has not hit a single major league home run. Remarkable.
Lets put this in perspective. Steve Traschel,
human rain delay pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles, has 642 career at bats. Traschel has three home runs. Carlos Zambrano has 12 career home runs. Randy freaking Johnson has gone deep once in his career for Arizona in 2003. Tyner…hasn’t. It’s almost unfathomable to me that a guy like Tyner can hang around for this long, play as much as he has (105 games for Tampa in 2001), and has yet to square up on a ball for a round tripper. How is that possible? Doesn’t everyone get lucky once and a while? Apparently not.
Personally, I’m pulling for Tyner to go deep. And when I talk about going yard, I want his shot to be epic. He needs to eye hump the shit out of it and soak up the moment. Take some notes from Man-Ram about walking halfway down the first base line before going into the trot. Okay so that might be a little bit excessive. When Tyner actually does go yard, he better get a hold of that ball. People always hold on to their first jack, and for Tyner his first will most likely be his last.