Baseball is back! Opening night was last night and we saw the new-look Houston Astros defeat the Texas Rangers. In the game, Astros centerfielder Justin Maxwell went 2-3 with two triples, two RBIs and made two spectacular catches in the outfield.
Why is this performance important? Well, as UM alum Scott Van Pelt would say, “He a Terp[sic]!” Justin Maxwell played for the Terrapins from 2002-2005 and was described as “the cornerstone of our team in centerfield” by then head coach Terry Rupp. Justin was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 4th round of the MLB Amateur Draft in 2005. He played with the Nats in 2007 and from 2009 to 2010 when he was traded to the New York Yankees, waived and then claimed off waivers by the Astros. He has been with the club ever since. Last night, he became one of five players in the live ball era to hit two triples on opening day and he recorded the first two RBIs of the 2013 MLB season.
Maxwell is one of two former Terrapins on active rosters this season. Former Terp pitcher Brett Cecil is a pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. There are many Terps that have made it to the Show in the past. These include Charlie “King Kong” Keller, who won multiple World Series titles with the Yankees in the late 30s and early 40s, and Eric Milton, who pitched many years for the Minnesota Twins. For a complete list of former Terps who made it to the big leagues, click here!