ANAHEIM, Calif –Eric Hosmer is on a roll lately, and so are the Kansas City Royals. Hosmer is in his seventh season in Major League Baseball. Tonight could be a special night as the Royals play the Angels in Anaheim.
Back on June 1, 2017, Hosmer reached a milestone as he joined the 1000 hit club. In the third inning, he drove a ball to left field for the big knock. Let’s remember that at 27 years of age, there could be many more accolades ahead of him before his playing days are done.
Reflecting on the big hit and doing it at Kauffman Stadium in front of the home crowd, Hosmer said “It was really special to do it at home. Obviously, time had been flying by and we have been through a lot as an organization so to get to accomplish something like that individually in Kansas City meant a lot to me.”
Leading up to accomplishments, sometimes they’re not really noticed by the player as it’s a grind through a 162 game season. Hosmer shared that as well “It’s one of those things where it kind of came out of nowhere. Honestly. When the season gets rolling, you really don’t look at those type of numbers. I think you just kind of play it out by each game. It was something that a couple of the guys brought it up about five or six hits away. Then I think about it more when you get a little closer.”
There is another milestone within reach for Hosmer, as he sits at 499 career RBI. Hosmer gave his thoughts on possibly achieving both in one month “It be really cool. I think anytime you talk about those types of numbers in this league, means you have been here for a while and you have been pretty productive. It means a lot to reach those. Hopefully, we can get there and continue to reach for high goals.”
Hosmer has been under the radar during his career, as Kansas City is not a big market like a New York, or Los Angeles. In fact, if it wasn’t for the back to back World Series appearances in 2014 and 2015, a lot of the baseball world would not have been given the opportunity to see a true professional play this great game and see the talent that he brings every day to the diamond.
*Photo Courtesy of the Kansas City Royals