2 Months Ago This Man Was Unemployed. Now He's A Baseball Legend.

"It's maybe a little bit short of a miracle."

Just two months ago, Scooter Gennett was left jobless after being cut from the Milwaukee Brewers, but thankfully, he was quickly picked up by the Cincinnati Reds. Now, despite many not paying him any attention, Gennett — whose actual name is Ryan Joseph Gennett — has landed himself a spot in the baseball history books.

It all happened last night, June 6, when the Reds were playing the St. Louis Cardinals. Gennett stepped up to bat a total of five times and, out of those chances, turned four of them into home runs. This makes the Cincinnati native just the 17th player to ever accomplish such a feat.

"That's pretty crazy, man," Gennett said, according to MLB.com. "Especially when you think of a guy like me, not a huge guy. But that's baseball. It's not how big or strong you are, it's how efficient and sometimes lucky."


Not only is what this 27-year-old player did rare when it comes to the history of the entire sport, it has never been done before by a member of the Reds. Plus, Gennett is a second baseman for the Brewers and now, at the Reds, he's a utility player — meaning he doesn't have a set position and has to fill in where needed.

"It's surreal, man. It really is," Gennett continued. "I'm truly blessed being from here, born here, and watching all those guys play when I was little. To do something that's never been done, I don't know, I can't put words to it. It's an honor for sure."

ESPN's Sports Center notes that Gennett was brought in more runs himself than the entire teams of 24 of the 30 MLB teams that played last night did, saying "he scorched the entire sport." Other headlines about the history-making moment point out how unlikely it was for Gennett to do so, though. Deadspin calls him the "least likely player ever" to do it, FiveThirtyEight calls him the "most random player" to do it, and NPR says others will agree that it was — as Gennett himself called it — a "surreal" moment.

But really what it is is a testament that you should never count anyone out or think that they're incapable of doing great things because all they really need more than anything is a chance to prove you wrong. 

"You're a point where it's very emotional, it really is. You're seeing history. Not many people have done it," Reds manager Bryan Price added. "It's kind of an honor just to bear witness to it."

"I kind of laughed, to be honest. It's just crazy," Gennett said. "For a guy like me to have done it, it's amazing. It's maybe a little bit short of a miracle. Baseball is an amazing game.

In the end, the Reds beat the Cardinals 13-1, and they largely have Gennett to thank for that.

(H/T: USA Today)

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