Heading into the 2020 offseason, fans believed the Chicago White Sox would make a big splash in free agency to bolster their outfield. When news broke that Eaton was going to be the right fielder for the White Sox in 2021, fans erupted with anger because they thought of the old Adam Eaton returning to the White Sox.
Adam Eaton hit the first home run of the 2021 Chicago White Sox season.
Since leaving Chicago, Eaton has won a World Series championship and almost won World Series MVP. He brings a different energy than he once did and he came back to finish what he started.
Coming into 2021, no one would have expected Eaton to hit the first long ball of the season for a White Sox lineup stacked with hitters like Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Jose Abreu, and Luis Robert but the veteran outfielder brings pop with him.
Eaton’s home run came in the top of the fifth inning against Angels starter Dylan Bundy with two outs and Tim Anderson on first base. Eaton got out in front of a changeup that hung out over the plate and pulled the ball 374 feet to rightfield, giving the White Sox a 3-1 lead at the time.
Nothing made the moment more memorable than seeing Eaton and Anderson embrace after that hit. In fact, White Sox reporter Vinnie Duber even noted that Eaton’s home run was the first home run by a White Sox hitter wearing the number 12 since Tim Anderson hit his ninth home run during his rookie campaign in 2016. To make the moment even more memorable, Eaton scored on that home run as well so he just wanted to finally return the favor.
Eaton ended his day 1-4 at the plate with 2 RBIs and playing solid defense over in rightfield. It is likely for Eaton to be manning that second spot in the lineup for a while and although I wouldn’t expect a home run every time out for him. Eaton is going to bring some fire and consistency to this lineup. After what has been thought of and said about him, seeing him hit the first home run of the 2021 season for the White Sox was a sight for sore eyes and gave the White Sox a great first impression of what he will be bringing to the team this year.
Even though the White Sox lost their first game of the season, Eaton’s home run was a bright spot and helps fans look forward to more clutch play by the outfielder in 2021.