CHICAGO – Nelson Cruz has been one of the most prolific baseball players in the last decade and at age 39, he still aged like a good wine.
Even after 382 homers in the career Cruz succeeded with the first three-homer game of his career in CHICAGO (19659002) something he never had. Nelson Cruz (19459006) was one of baseball's most prolific trampoline lighters. In the past decade he aged like a noble wine at the age of 39.
Even after 382 homers in his career, Cruz was able to do something in the 10-3 victory of the twins, which he had never accomplished with the first three-homer game of his career Thursday night over the White Sox at the Guaranteed Rate Field.
"It's not easy," Cruz said. "To meet three [homers] is a blessing."
There have not been many players this season who have taken the best out of White Sox starter Lucas Giolito, but Cruz did just that by blowing three homers into his hands. The first three at- Bats make his performance all the more impressive.
"He is a good batsman. He saw me well, "said Giolito.
Cruz started his milestone night fast and put the twins on the board in the first inning, shooting a 2-2 fastball into the hall in the left center. According to Statcast, the majestic explosion is supposed to cover a breathtaking distance of 150 meters.
"There is no way to compare this." When you see him hit balls, you sometimes think they are very unique swings and that they are very unique from the beginning, "said Manager Rocco Baldelli. "You do not see a lot of balls being hit that way, even if you watch a lot of games, you do not see a lot of balls leaving the baseball field so sometimes you can not really believe what you're watching, it's so impressive . "
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Cruz's first homer of the evening was the second-longest by Statcast (since 2015) and the longest by Cruz since August 18, 2017. He was also the longest homer at the Guaranteed Rate Field, run by Statcast (since 2015 ) was tracked in 2015, when Cruz set his own record in June with a 469-foot homer.
"He is a consistent hitter in the big leagues as long as he plays," said Rick Renteria, manager of White Sox. "Obviously age does not matter to him, he's a professional batsman, he's very smart and knows exactly what's going on, he was around the corner, he's outstanding in his craft, he's not going either way, but he can deal with the bat. "
In the third inning, Cruz shot a homer in midfield with two runs out of the batter's eye to give the Twins a 3-1 lead.
] Cruz ended his night in the fifth with a two-round shot and finished the game with five RBIs and three runs 3: 5.
With 39 years and 24 days, Cruz is the oldest player to be hit three homeruns in a game since Alex Rodriguez did it against four years ago as a member of the Yankees? The Minnesota Twins.
"I think it's a lot of work, and I make sure I do my weights, make sure I sleep well, rest," Cruz said of his success at 39. "I think so "If you have experience in your job, you can do a lot of things when your body feels good and the experience helps."
Cruz told reporters that he will keep some memories of the historic performance on Thursday, including his Spines, his bat and the third Homer ball.
Here's five fun facts from Cruz's "Three Homer Game"  Cruz is the first player Statcast has followed in a game of three homers over 40 yards.
• He now has seven homers in his last seven games.
• He has hit Homer in four games against. White Sox this season.
• The three homers of Giolito came from three different pitches (95 mph Fastball, 80 mph curveball and 80 mph changeup) This is his highest average against a team this season (min four games) ,
Even after three marathon games vs. The Yankees, who could demand a lot from a player, did not seem to hurt Cruz.
But do not be fooled. Cruz knows what brought him so far.
"I needed a nap today," he said. "I was longing for a nap."
But when reporters joked that the three-homer game could initiate a new routine, Cruz immediately dropped that idea.
"No, I need my nap."
Russell Dorsey is a reporter / editor for MLB.com based in Chicago. Follow him on Twitter @ Russ_Dorsey1 .