Travis d’Arnaud hit his first big-league home run on Sunday, a two-run shot to left-centerfield, after which he was encouraged by his teammates to answer a curtain call from the 32,000 fans in Citi Field.
“I didn’t see it coming,” d’Arnaud said of the curtain call, according to ESPN New York. “I’m very grateful to the city of New York for asking for me. … Unbelievable feeling, but we got the loss. Bittersweet.”
In a Q&A with Ephraim Fischbein of the Vues Online, d’Arnaud says Mike Piazza was his boyhood idol growing up.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
It doesn’t really matter, but I like knowing he admired Piazza. The early description of d’Arnaud, by people with the Mets, is that he’s incredibly poised, mild-mannered and can be a bit goofy, as he admits to Fischbein. Piazza was the same way, which is not to say they’ll hit the same. I wish. However, similar temperament will probably mean similar leadership styles, assuming Travis progresses and sticks as this team’s every-day catcher. I think you’ll see him be more quiet, focused and intense, like Piazza, than colorful, flamboyant and overtly emotional, like Gary Carter.
D’Arnaud also talks to Fischbein about some of his favorite things, his career influences, his most embarrassing moment as a pro-ballplayer and life before and after baseball, which you can read here.