Sept. 12, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Former Bruin Garrett Atkins hit his first Major League homerun Saturday afternoon in the Colorado Rockies' 13-2 victory over the San Diego Padres. Atkins, in his second stint with the Rockies, drilled a Steve Watkins pitch over the Coors Field fence during a pinch-hit at bat in the seventh inning.
"It is always nice to get the first one," Atkins told coloradorockies.com. "I didn't think I got it, but I was happy it went out. I'm just happy I got it out of the way and hopefully there are more to come. Obviously, you'd rather have it come when it can help the team, but you can't pick and choose when you get your hits."
After playing in 25 contests for the Rockies in 2003, Atkins was again brought up to the big leagues on September 7 and made his 2004 debut on Friday, going 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Atkins, who played at UCLA from 1998-2000, becomes the tenth former Bruin to play in the majors in 2004.