DETROIT -- It took Greg Golson nine at-bats in a big league uniform before he could notch his first hit, and now that he has it, the 24-year-old speedster plans to treasure it for a long time.
Golson lined a single up the middle in the Yankees' six-run ninth inning on Wednesday, logging his first safety off Tigers lefty Phil Coke. Golson had appeared in the big leagues with the Phillies and Rangers previously, but he became a hitter with the Yankees.
"It was awesome," Golson said. "It was about two years coming after my first at-bat. I almost ran out to center field to get the ball myself."
A career .263 Minor League hitter entering this season, Golson was 0-for-6 in six games with the 2008 Phillies and 0-for-1 in one game with the Rangers in '09 before he was acquired by the Yankees in a January trade.
Golson said that he will add the Major League ball to a collection of memorable balls he keeps on his mantelpiece at home in Austin, Texas. Along with his first professional hit, Golson also has his first hits at the Double-A and Triple-A levels.
The display also features signed baseballs from Craig Monroe, Mike Cameron and Torii Hunter.
"I just like the way they play," Golson said. "Monroe, when he was with Detroit, the playoffs that he had [in 2006] was just stupid, what he was doing -- how well he was swinging the bat and just kind of got to another level.
"Mike Cameron and Torii Hunter, defensively that's who I want to be like, and offensively, too. I just try to emulate them."