Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp hit a home run to left-center field in the fourth inning of Tuesday night's 11-6 victory over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Rupp savored the moment because it was the first homer of his big league career.
"It took a little longer than expected," Rupp said.
It took him 173 plate appearances, but he is hopeful for more in the future. Rupp had started six of the last 10 games behind the plate, and 10 of the last 19.
He is hitting .261 (23-for-88) with four doubles, one triple, one home run, six RBIs and a .690 OPS this season. Carlos Ruiz, who started Wednesday's series finale against the Yankees, entered the game hitting .227 (37-for-163) with six doubles, 11 RBIs and a .560 OPS.
"I'm confident at the plate and behind the plate," Rupp said.
Rupp's home run ball landed in the visitors' bullpen, but he still has not received the memento from his teammates.
"They're probably hiding it," Rupp said.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.