Galvis gets first career homer under his belt

Galvis gets first career homer under his belt

Galvis gets first career homer under his belt
PHILADELPHIA -- Rookie second baseman Freddy Galvis is generously listed at 5-foot-10, and the question going into the season wasn't whether he'd hit home runs, it was whether he'd hit at all.

So far, so good.

Since an 0-for-12 start to his big league career, Galvis has a couple of doubles and belted his first home run in the third inning of Friday night's game off Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

The only other time Galvis faced a knuckleball pitcher was during extended Spring Training in 2007.

Dickey threw him just one fastball, and that's the one Galvis knocked into the right-field bleachers.

"I was like, 'Wow,'" said the 22-year-old Galvis, who is fast becoming a fan favorite because of his flashy fielding and timely hitting.

"I hit a fastball in. That was the only fastball he threw me. [The knuckleball] is hard, man. You don't know where it's going to go. The ball goes everywhere. Sometimes it goes in, sometimes it goes out. You just have to try to react."

The fan who caught the ball gave it to him without asking for anything in return.

"He was nice. He said, 'You deserve it,'" Galvis said.