Norris relishes first big league hit

Norris relishes first big league hit

Norris relishes first big league hit
OAKLAND -- Though Saturday was a disappointing day for the A's as their ninth-inning comeback fell short against the Giants, catcher Derek Norris won't ever forget it.

The rookie, called up Thursday to make his Major League debut, collected his first career hit in Saturday's game. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Norris hit a soft liner into left field that dropped in the grass, just past the infield.

"[It felt] really good," Norris said. "I've lined out a couple times, just kind of waiting to see when the first one was going to come. Apparently, the softer you hit, the better they're going to fall. It was a nice feeling."

Though his mother, Jacque, was there to see Norris make his debut Thursday, no family members could be there to see his first hit Saturday, unfortunately. Hailing from Goddard, Kan., the catcher was hopeful that relatives would be able to see him play against the Rangers on the team's upcoming road trip.

Norris later added a single that scored the first run of the A's rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, netting him his first career RBI.

As for the first-hit ball, Norris said he plans on keeping it in his locker for now, as a "reminder."

"It'll be a good feeling to look at the ball when I go out and play again," Norris said with a smile.