Arencibia, 24 years old, was called up on Thursday and penciled into the #9 spot against Tampa Bay at Skydome. He went 4-for-5, with two home runs, including one on the first pitch of his career. Toronto beat the Rays 17-11.
He is the first player in history* to have four hits and two home runs in his debut -- and only the fifth player to hit two home runs in his first major league game.
* Or "since 1900", anyway.
In his post-game interview, with his mother watching from the back of the room (!), he said: "I could never have imagined this -- ever."
That is an understatement. Who could conceive of hitting two home runs, a double, and a single in your major league debut -- on your first four swings and before the end of the sixth inning?!?!
2nd - First pitch home runArencibia was in a position to hit for the cycle in his first four career plate appearances.
3rd - (b) double
5th - (bcb) single
6th - First pitch home run
7th - (bcbff) Fouled out to RF
Jordan Bastian, MLB.com:
Before the end of the game, Arencibia's name was one of the top 10 worldwide trending topics on the social-networking site Twitter. In the Blue Jays' team shop, his No. 9 jersey was already selling, too.
"Seriously? Wow," Arencibia said. "That's unbelievable. That's crazy. I really still think you're playing with me."