This is a Jamey Carroll Appreciation post. No, you shut up. #Twins
From MLB’s game wrap:
CHICAGO — Jamey Carroll did something Monday night he’d only done 12 times previously in his 10-year career: hit a home run.
Unfortunately for Carroll, the Twins did something that happens a little more often: lose.
Carroll — on the date marking his 10th year of Major League service — homered in the fifth inning of a 4-2 Minnesota loss to the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, the Twins’ 15th defeat in their last 20 games.
"It’s not fun to lose and go home with a loss but, in time, I’ll be able to look back and understand and appreciate what this day is about," Carroll said.
The home run — on a 2-2 sinker — was Carroll’s first since Aug. 9, 2009, also coming at U.S. Cellular Field. It snapped a homerless streak of 1,348 at-bats, which was the longest drought among active players.
The ball landed in the left-field bullpen and was later retrieved by Twins left fielder Darin Mastroianni for Carroll, who admitted he didn’t know if it was gone off the bat.
"I was just hoping it’d stay fair and then I came around first and saw the umpire give the signal," Carroll said. "I know it’s going to be something fun for my family, especially my son. Every day he asks me who hits home runs for both sides and finally today I can say I did."