It came on Aug. 21, 1992.
"Mine was against the Seattle Mariners, ironically enough, at Fenway," he said.
And he got the luxury of facing Randy Johnson in that game.
"I remember before the game I said I’m not going to cheat, I’m not going to cheat. I’m going to wait to see it first. Hell, I struck out on three pitches the first time, swinging, so I got my cuts in," he said.
A lot of people struck out against Randy Johnson the first time they faced him though.
"Next time, I at least fouled one off but I struck out again on three pitches, swinging," he said.
Actually, according to records it was four pitches, but still progress was being made.
His third at-bat against the Unit?
"Next time, I started a little earlier – made a little adjustment – and flew out to deep center," he said. "Griffey caught it up on the wall there."
Wedge got a fourth at-bat though, and Johnson was thankfully out of the game - having exited after 7 innings, in which he allowed four hits, struck out 11 and walked two . Instead, Wedge faced Shawn Barton, who made 14 appearances for the Mariners that season.
With Jack Clark on first base and two outs, Wedge ripped a homer over the Green Monster in left to cut the lead to 5-2. The Mariners brought in Jeff Nelson and Nelly got the final out to save the game.
So what advice would he give Peguero today? Should be aggressive as Wedge was? Maybe take a big ol' hack at that first pitch he sees.
"I’m a big believer in it," he said. "I think you should. I mean, there’s only one first pitch, right? Short of it being out of the catchers reach, what the hell, go after it. So swing hard in case you hit it."
But the larger piece of advice Wedge gave Peguero this morning was a little more simple.
"I told him to go out and have fun," Wedge said. "Enjoy the day. Sometimes we get so caught up in this, you forget to do that. It’s important. Realize how fortunate we all are, go out and enjoy the day and enjoy the game."
Closer David Aardsma was in the clubhouse having made his first rehab start on Tuesday night in Tacoma. Basically it was a success in the sense that Aardsma felt good last night during the game and felt to effects today. But of course, he would like better results.
"It went well," he said. "I felt good. And that’s the most important thing. I felt great. I actually felt like I had some good stuff on the ball. I was trying a little too hard, ok, a lot too hard a couple times."
"I threw 22 pitches, 10 strikes, which is a pretty good average," he deadpanned. "Its right where you want it, right? Gotta get those hitters off the plate a little bit."
Admittedly, Aardsma would have liked to have a little better command. But it was first time on the mound in a real game since last season. And yet, he still can't fight the competitiveness in himself.
"I’m going after them," he said of his mentality. "I’m trying to get after it. I want to get that feel. I’m on that mound to get outs and that feeling. I know the realistic thing is you are on the mound to feel good and get through the outing and feel strong. But I want to get outs and I want to get out there and put up a zero on the board and help the team. At the end of the day, you got to sit back and say, hey, first outing. First outing with hitters and I felt great."
RHP Shawn Kelley will be joining the team sometime today or tomorrow to continue his recovery from offseason elbow surgery. Kelley seems to be ahead of schedule, having thrown bullpens already and now joining the team is another good sign.