It wasn't until his 12th season and seventh team in the big leagues that Marlon Byrd reached the postseason. It took him just one plate appearance to make an impact.
In the first playoff at-bat of his career, the 36-year-old outfielder hit a solo home to stake the Pittsburgh Pirates to an early 1-0 lead over the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning of the 2013 NL Wild Card Game.
"It's great to get that swing early," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told the TBS announcing crew later during the game. "Byrdie has done it since he's been here. Everybody that put their spikes in their in the batter's box the first time through gave us good at-bats. We were able to add on a little bit."
Some of the aforementioned adding on occurred just two batters after Byrd's homer. With the fans in Pittsburgh serenading Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, Russell Martin doubled the home team's lead with another solo shot.
A sensational catch by Reds third baseman Todd Frazier later in the inning helped Cueto escape the second with just two runs surrendered.