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Watch as Rangers rookie Wyatt Langford flies around bases for first career homer

(Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports)

 

ARLINGTON — Wyatt Langford said Sunday morning that he hadn’t really looked at the zero in his home-run column. He doesn’t have to look anymore, though he’s still looking for the first one to clear the fence.

Langford became the fourth player in Rangers history to collect an inside-the-park home run for his first career homer, racing around the bases Sunday in the first inning for a two-run homer.

Along with the two-run homer Adolis Garcia hit two batters earlier, the four-inning first help up as the Rangers beat the Reds 4-3 at Globe Life Field.

He connected for a drive to right-center field that hit on the angled wall at the 374-feet sign. The ball caromed due right and bounded down the warning track. By the time Reds right fielder Jake Fraley tracked it down, Langford had been waived around third by coach Tony Beasley and scored easily.

“When I was running toward third and saw Beas, he was just giving me the wave, so I kept going,” Langford said. “After I touched second, I kind of glanced and was like, ‘Man, the ball really kick really far away.’ I wasn’t surprised.”

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Langford said that the players in the dugout were excited about the home run and also reminded him about tripping around second base last week trying to leg out a double.

“Everyone just told me good job staying on my feet,” he said.

Marc Samgoen was the first Rangers player to record an inside-the-park homer for his first career home run, in 1997. Craig Gentry did it in 2011.

The last Rangers player to record an inside-the-park homer for his first career home run was Josh Smith in 2022 against Oakland. Smith and Langford are lockered next to each other in the Rangers’ clubhouse.

“It’s crazy, but it’s really cool,” Langford said. “I’ll definitely never forget that, and I’m sure he won’t either.”

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. deGrom Texas Ranger April 29, 2024

    MLB.com somehow only gave him a 55 speed rating. That helped him get a few infield hits lol. I do think Sborz is regressing back to his 5.50 ERA self, though, and the postseason was a hoax. I’ll still gladly take the WS, though!

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