MIAMI -- The only thing that would have made J.D. Martinez's homecoming any better would have been an Astros win.
Martinez, a Miami native who was playing his first professional game in his hometown, put his name in the history books by hitting the first regular season home run in the history of Marlins Park, a game-tying shot in the eighth inning of the Astros' 5-4 loss to the Marlins.
"It's definitely awesome," Martinez said. "It was pretty cool. We talked about it and words can't describe it. I felt like it was my first home run when I hit it. That's because I got to do it in front of my family and friends and everybody."
Martinez, who has hit safely in all seven games the Astros have played this year, grew up in Pembroke Pines, Fla., as a huge fan of the Marlins and even attended a World Series game at the team's previous ballpark in 1997.
"I live about 20 minutes away, so when I was driving by I would see [Marlins Park being built]," he said. "It was cool. I saw it developing and everybody would say, 'You're going to have a chance to play there."
With dozens of family members and friends in the audience, Martinez will be the answer to a trivia question for years to come. For a kid from Miami, that's pretty cool.
"For sure, it was definitely awesome," he said. "It was a great moment, but it would have been a lot better had we got the win today. It [stinks] the way it ended."
Martinez wasn't able to get the ball fetched from the stands.