In just his second game with the Giants, Alex Dickerson made history.
Following a night of six runs during his debut with the team, he drove in three more runs and a pair of doubles. This set the Giant's record for most RBI in a player's first two games with the franchise. And he received texts from people as if he just made his major league debut. And in a way, it was. A rebirth if you will.
The 29-year-old spent his career riddled with injuries -- "fluke" injuries as he told Larry Krueger and NBC Sports Bay Area's own Bill Laskey on KNBR recently.
Tommy John surgery, hip and back issues, a cyst on his heel -- you name it, he's had it.
He told a story of the time he stepped on a sprinkler head. He received treatment and while he didn't sprain his ankle, x-rays discovered there was no bone in his heel. Yep -- it was hollow.
Despite the setback, it saved his career -- and his quality of life.
"I fought hard because I was close I could taste it -- I did get back and they didn't expect it," Dickerson said.
He then detailed all of his other injuries -- a long list from the outside, but in all actuality, he suffered just a few -- they just happen to be extensive.
When suffering these instances, you can disappear Dickerson said. But he was relentless. He wouldn't quit -- the thought never even crossed his mind.
"Not for a second," Dickerson said.
He would talk to people close to him and really get into the mindset and grind of what was needed to be done to come back -- something that wasn't easy to do.
"I knew once I got my cleats on, the game would condition me the way I needed to be conditioned. That's how I approached this year's spring training."
"I just needed this game that I've been playing since I was five-years-old put me back in shape and just get out there and have fun with it."