Sunday, August 20, 2006

Hopper makes history

Norris Hopper didn't even have a nameplate on his locker yet. He dressed in virtual anonymity in the Reds clubhouse following Sunday's game until his "agent" Ryan Freel announced his presence to the local media.

"Can we get an interview over here?" Freel yelled. "The guy did get his first major league hit after all."

Hopper singled in the eighth inning to became the first Reds player to collect his first major league hit in his first career at-bat since Wily Mo Pena accomplished the feat in 2002.

"I'm still floating right now," Hopper said. "My feet haven't even touched the ground yet."

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