"It felt good, it was amazing," Marte said through a translator. "First hit in the big leagues, it's awesome. It was very emotional for me. It's important to get the first one."
With Marte watching carefully from first base, the outfielder's teammates pretended to toss the ball into the stands after the Pirates threw it over to the dugout. Of course, following a few laughs and congratulations, Marte got his ball back, which he plans to give to his mother back home in the Dominican Republic.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.