One day you're called up to the Major Leagues for the first time in your career, the next day you hit what proves to be a game-winning grand slam? Not a bad start to your career in the bigs. That's what UCLA alum Brandon Crawford did when he went deep in the seventh inning to turn a 3-1 Giants deficit into a 5-3 lead and join some elite company.
With that home run, Crawford became just the seventh player in MLB history to hit a grand slam in his MLB debut. One of the others to do it? Chase Utley. That's two Bruins in seven. Not too shabby.
A fourth-round pick of the Giants, Crawford was a three-year starter at UCLA under head coach John Savage. He helped the Bruins reach the postseason in all three years, as well as a trip to the Super Regionals in 2007. He is ninth on UCLA's all-time doubles list and second on the Bruins' all-time triples list.
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