Rays outfielder hits first career walk-off homerun

Kevin Kiermaier’s final play of game defeats their arch rivals Boston Red Sox 3-2 in extra innings.

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Kevin Kiermaier’s 1st walk-off homerun of his career

Ethan Caswell, Staff Writer

It was a long game. Both pitching staffs were on their A-game. It was 0-0 through regular play, with both teams dominating on defense with great bullpens. It was already a great game between two of the biggest rivals in the American League East. Then, something momentous happened. Kevin Kiermaier, one ball, two strikes, hits a line drive that barely gets out of the stadium, but it does.

It took a moment for him to realize that that was his first career walk-off homerun. Once he knew that it was out-of-there, he was obviously overjoyed when he realized what he accomplished. Kevin Kiermaier, aka “Outlaw,” a Tampa Bay fan-favorite, has been playing major league ball for the Tampa Bay Rays since they drafted him in 2013 and has been doing wonderful things for the Rays ever since.

The team went nuts congratulating him! Tricia Whittaker, Rays sportscaster, even got drenched when Kevin received the congratulatory Gatorade-bath at the end of the game. “You dream of a lot of things once you get to the big leagues, and for me, I wanted to hit a walk-off homer,” Kiermaier said. “I’ve never done it at any level — backyard baseball, Minor Leagues, big leagues — and today was the day. I am so ecstatic, so thrilled. I’ll never forget this moment, this day.”