KANSAS CITY -- Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar said he heard from people back in his native Curacao after going 2-for-4 with a home run and a double in his first Major League game on Sunday.
"Yeah, the whole island called," Profar said. "I had to do an interview on the radio at eight o'clock this morning."
Profar was already a hero in Curacao after leading the island nation to a Little League World Series title in 2004. He is the 13th player from the country to play in the Major Leagues. The most famous is Andruw Jones.
"It was a pretty good day. ... I'm very happy, especially as far as winning." Profar said.
The Rangers beat the Indians, 8-3, and Profar got them started by hitting a third-inning home run in his first Major League at-bat. He was the first Rangers player to ever accomplish that feat.
Profar, who was 19 years and 195 days old on Sunday, set off all kinds of statistical marks after his big day, including being the youngest player in the Majors to hit a home run since Adrian Beltre (19 years, 171 days) for the Dodgers in 1998. He is the youngest player since Jones (1996 with the Braves) to hit a home run and a double in the same game.
He is only the third teenager to hit a home run in his first Major League at-bat, and the first teenager to have two extra-base hits in his Major League debut since 1958.
"I know it was special, but that's not what I was thinking about," Profar said. "All I want to do is win."