While it's not necessarily surprising to see Tommy Pham in the starting lineup versus the San Francisco Giants, it should be fun to see the fan reaction at Oracle Park in the top of the first inning when the Cincinnati Reds outfielder steps to the plate.
Pham received a negative reaction in San Diego despite the fact he left the Padres on relatively good terms. He proceeded to smash his first home run of the 2022 season off his old team which further alienated Pham in the eyes of the San Diego faithful.
I can only imagine the reaction that Tommy Pham will receive from the those in attendance for tonight's game between the Reds and the Giants.
For those who don't remember, Pham slapped Giants' outfielder Joc Pederson prior to a game a Great American Ball Park over a dispute involving a fantasy football league.
Tommy Pham is in the Reds starting lineup vs. the Giants.
Rookie right-hander Graham Ashcraft will toe the rubber for the Cincinnati Reds tonight at Oracle Park, but that's not the main event. Everyone will be tuning in to see Tommy Pham's first at-bat against San Francisco Giants' right-hander Alex Cobb.
Pham has not faced Cobb in his career, but the outfielder has played 30 games at Oracle Park. In 86 career at-bats in the Giants' home ballpark, Pham has slashed .244/.359/.326 with only one home run in his many visits to the Bay Area.
In fact, Mike Moustakas, who's the DH for tonight's game, is the only Cincinnati Reds player to have hit a home run off Alex Cobb. Moose is 5-for-15 in his career against Cobb with four RBIs.
Tommy Pham received a three-game suspension for slapping Joc Pederson earlier this year, so this will be his first game against the San Francisco Giants since the incident. Pham has called the 2022 season his revenge tour, so it'll be interesting to see if he, Pederson, and the Giants' fans remain civil during tonight's contest.