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Padres-Mets: Padres Have List of Firsts in Win Over Mets

Published by on April 14, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

The San Diego Padres were the first visiting team in the New York Mets' new stadium, Citi Field, on Monday night and they wasted no time introducing themselves to the new park.

The first batter of the night, Padres' outfielder Jody Gerut, sent the third pitch he saw over the right field fence for a solo home run. It marked the first time a lead off batter had ever hit a home run in a new ballpark in Major League history.

“Very cool,” Gerut said. “Maybe at the end of the season when I look back on this, I’ll have a greater sense of what happened here. But at the time, all I’m thinking is that it put us ahead.”

The Padres jumped all over Mets' starter Mike Pelfrey, puttin...

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