Before today’s game, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna told a teammate his jammed finger was feeling better. Leading off the second inning, he proved it by launching a 417 foot home run onto the grass behind the centerfield wall.
“For me, it’s pretty good,” said Ozuna. “I’ve just been working everyday. Working, working on my offense to get success. I’ve been in a little hole, bad moment, but at the same time I give thanks to God because he’s given me hit, hit, hit, hit, and keep my average up there and when I get the good pitch, I can do it.”
After an 0-20 stretch, Ozuna has hit .429 (15-32) in his last 11 games, but that includes only two extra base hits.
Besides getting his swing mechanics back how he wants, Ozuna has also had things complicated by the jammed finger he suffered this past Tuesday in Milwaukee.
“The finger when you get jammed, it’s the little stuff you’re going to have for a couple days,” he explained. “Like three or four days with the pain, but at the same time, I said to Mike ‘I want to play’. I want to have success and give my best in the game.”
The home run today marked the 100th of his career and meant something to Ozuna–but probably not for the reason you would guess right away.
“Yeah, that means a lot for me because I give thanks to God because my family came today,” he shared. “When my family’s here, I play really, really different. So, I give much credit to my family and to God–they gave me number 100.”
This is the second game Ozuna’s wife and children have been able to watch him play in St. Louis, which appears may become a more regular thing now that school has ended.
“Summertime,” smiled Ozuna.
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