It is interesting to remember the day that Venezuelan Andres Galarraga gave the first hit in the history of the Rockies of Colorado in the MLB.
They faced each other on April 5, 1993 on the Opening Day of the campaign, the Rockies Colorado against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in what would be the first game in Denver team history.
He was on the mound for the metropolitans Dwight Gooden and he prepared to face the Creole Andres Galarraga who fired the cannon into center field, the one who became the first hit in the history of the Rockies.
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El Gato de Venezuela with that indisputable began what was a brilliant internship with the Colorado Rockies.
In that same year 1993, the Big Cat moved all of Venezuela when he achieved the first batting title in the history of the country, where what he had to achieve were legal appearances, which he achieved in the last series of the regular season against the Braves Atlanta in the penultimate game of the regular season.
Despite the Rockies’ failure to make the playoffs in that first 1993 season, Galarraga gave the team its first batting crown at once with a 373 average.
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It was there in Denver that he was able to later win the lead in home runs, RBIs and above all he knew how to win the affection of the fans.
His big year was in 1996, where he hit 47 home runs and drove in 150 runs, where he was practically the hero of that team, although that season they did not get into the postseason.
I particularly remember the Grand Slam he gave to Florida Marlins pitcher Kevin Brown in 1997, where he rode it on the top floor of the left field bleachers, which was a true work of art.
Of course, then he went to the Atlanta Braves in 1998 where he showed that his ability to hit home runs was intact by hitting 44 and driving in more than 120 runs, but cancer appeared in 1999 where he did not play and it was not until the year 2000, when he was cured of the same to return to action, showing that he has more lives than a cat.