Darin Ruf Hits First Major League Home Run, Gets Epic Silent Treatment from Teammates, Bat Boy

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That train we talked about? Well, it hit us. Hard. The Phils are playing it out, trying to delay the inevitable for the Washington Nationals… and giving prospects like Darin Ruf a chance to show if they can play at this level.

Ruf, it seems, can.

Last night, the Phillies minor league player of the year blasted a home run in his first Major League at-bat [edit: first hit] (he went 2-for-3 on the night). The reaction from this teammates? Typical. The silent treatment, done in epic fashion.

The home run:

Nothing gets Chris Wheeler harder than some good camaraderie amongst the boys (drink 4). Unfortunately for Chris, he’s always on the outside looking in. Never was one of the boys.

After the game, Charlie Manuel and Ruf laughed about the extended silent treatment.

Manuel: [slight edits, for readability]

“I think the bat boy did good, really. Ruf was trying to get somebody to say something, so he went over to the bat boy, and the bat boy just kind of really blew him off. He said that made him feel bad when the bat boy blew him off.  He blew him off and didn’t even look at him. Some guys took two innings before they talked to him.” 



“I knew something was up when I tried to give the bat boy a pound and he didn’t even acknowledge me, so I was like alright, if he’s not going to do anything. Then I tried talking to Cloyd and Steve, and they had nothing.”



Video of their comments after the jump.

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  • Johnny Nas September 26, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Next years OF last night, like it or not….Ruf Mayberry and Brown, with Pierre as a sub for any of the 3.

  • Themadman0307 September 26, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Sorry for the nitpick, but that was not Ruf’s first big league at-bat. He had been 0-for-2 with an RBI coming into the game. It was his first big league start, though.

  • Ryan Fox September 26, 2012 at 9:16 am

    It was his first major league hit not AB but still pretty sweet for it to be a HR

  • Aching September 26, 2012 at 9:24 am

    It was his first big league start at bat. He had only pinched before…

  • Kyle Scott September 26, 2012 at 9:26 am

    noted. little sleep. should have read first hit, start.

  • Sean Brace September 26, 2012 at 9:46 am

    bout time he hit a HR

  • Sean Brace September 26, 2012 at 9:52 am

    @Kyle- you need an article about the replacement refs!!!!!!

  • Finkel is Einhorn September 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    That’s a Quagmire chin if I’ve ever see one. Giggity!

  • Candy from the Oak September 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Ruf looks like he has a couple genes with the down in them

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