Brian Horwitz is off to a pretty good start in the big leagues.
Last night, in his third Major League game, the San Francisco Giants’ rookie outfielder knocked off a two-run home run in his team’s blowout of the Mets. After eight at-bats, Horwitz is batting .500 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
“Unbelievable,” Horwitz has said of his Major League experience so far. “It’s extraordinary, surreal. It’s an out-of-body experience. I’m really enjoying being here. How could you complain? It’s great to be winning as well.”
The newest Jew in the Majors reportedly has already been dubbed “the Rabbi” by his teammates.
Personally, I have two reasons to shep naches about Horwitz. Not only is he a co-religionist, but he’s also a graduate of my alma mater.
Horwitz has arrived on the scene at a time when there are already a few really good Jewish ballplayers in the Majors. Last year, Jon Stewart and Denis Leary had some fun discussing the number of Jews playing baseball today. (The Jew-y bit of the following video begins around 4:15 — and, no matter what Leary says, David Wright isn’t Jewish.)
Baseball cap tip: J.J. Goldberg