Semien's strong September continues with first home run

Semien's strong September continues with first home run
September 23, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Vinnie Duber

The ball that Marcus Semien hit out of the park for his first career home run acted more like a boomerang.

That is, after he hit it 366 feet into the left-field seats Monday at U.S. Cellular Field, it found its way back to him.

Semien got the ball back, but he won't be hanging on to it for long.

"I'll bring it to my mom's house," the 23-year-old said. "I got my first hit, first home run now, so I'll leave it with my mom."

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It's been quite the month for the young infielder, who shows more and more each day as the clock ticks down on the 2013 White Sox season that he deserves a spot on the team when the next campaign rolls around.

Monday was just the latest, and a special moment for all big leaguers.

"It's a great feeling," Semien said. "I was really kind of nervous. Whenever you have a first-time anything in the big leagues, it's kind of a great feeling. I'm just happy about it."

And his manager recognized it, too.

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"He had a good night swinging the bat. Anytime you hit your first homer, it’s a good feeling," Robin Ventura said. "Anytime you kind of get those zeroes out of the way that are in your column. It’s a special night for a guy that coming up, is trying to prove he can play at this level. To be able to hit a homer and swing the bat the way he has is good."

Semien's not worrying about trying to "make a case" for next season. Instead, he's focused on the right now, continuing to help the White Sox win in this season's final week. After that, it's off to the Arizona Fall League.

"The Fall League is traditionally a great league. The best minor league players in the minor leagues are there, so I'm happy to be there, too," he said.

But Monday night was about celebration -- for a White Sox win and a career milestone. So how did he celebrate immediately following his big blast?

"Big hug from Avisail (Garcia)," Semien said, "that's pretty much it."