‘My First Time’ – Lance Berkman – July 16, 1999
The setting – The Astrodome, Houston, Texas
From Berkman – “I could barely stand. My knees were just weak, I was so nervous. Justin Thompson was pitching, and the first two guys got on against him, so now I’m ready. Obvious bunting situation, and I’m so zoned in, I didn’t realize that they’re trying to call me back to get a better bunter in there! I kept walking into the batter’s box, they announced me, and Dierker figured, ‘Well, I’d better let him stay in there, and we’d better let him swing away; he’s going to be too nervous to get a bunt down.’ So, second pitch, I bang into a double play and kill the rally. I ended up 0-for-my-first-10 and 2-for-my-first-21.’
The Boxscore – Astros 2, Tigers 1 in inter-league play. Berkman goes 0-for-1.