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See Jorge Soler’s first professional home run

Jul 24, 2012, 3:00 AM EDT

Jorge Soler

The Cubs’ prized Cuban defector Jorge Soler, who was signed to a nine-year, $30 million contract earlier this year, hit his first home run for the AZL Cubs on Sunday, and since we’re lucky enough to be living in 2012, there’s video evidence to prove it:

The 20-year-old Soler was playing in just his second game in the Arizona League, and he ended up 2-for-4 last night after going 0-for-3 in his debut.

  1. nycbronx - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    go cuba!!!!

  2. papalurchdxb - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    ..and the crowd goes wild….

    • samu0034 - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:46 AM

      Yeah, geez… I’ve been to some poorly populated minor league games, but nothing like that. Not a friggin’ sound.

      • istillbelieveinblue - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:34 AM

        This is rookie ball, so the crowd, or lack thereof, is not that surprising.

  3. henryd3rd - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Fortunately there was someone in the stands with a video camera; because there sure were not many fans in attendance to witness this monumental feat.

  4. johnnyb1976 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Good thing there is video or their would be only 5 people that would have seen it.

  5. cerowb - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Man, do people really think the Arizona Rookie League draws 10,000 per night? Get realistic.

  6. mrwillie - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Not 10k, just more than a man and his camera. There’s a collegiate summer league team right down the road from me that regularly draws a decent crowd, far more than that.And they’re in competition with two different A teams within 20 mins of them, and two more AAA teams less than an hour away.

    I guess some area’s enjoy their baseball more than others.

    • deepstblu - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      When baseball came up with the idea of rookie leagues based at the spring training sites in Florida, the Florida State League wasn’t happy with the potential competition so MLB agreed not to charge admission or open the concessions at Gulf Coast League games. Since there’s no money to be made they don’t promote the games and few people show up. Apparently MLB runs the Arizona league in the same way.

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