CLEVELAND -- Its been 21 months since Travis Hafner had four RBI in a game.
That last happened when he was in his penultimate season with the Cleveland Indians and he hit a ninth inning grand slam to beat Toronto 5-4. Tom Hamiltons pipes can still be heard announcing that one.
It was one of few Hafner highlights in his final few injury-plagued seasons in Cleveland, though. Last season he had 34 RBI, total, with 12 home runs in 66 games.
Monday in the Indians home opener, Hafner drove in four -- three on a first-inning home run that took the air right out of a sellout crowd at Progressive Field.
Hafner finished with a game that would remind fans of his pre-injury years: 2-for-3, four RBI, two walks, three runs scored.
After, he was his usual placid self.
Its nice to contribute to a win, he said.
The three-run homer off a flat Ubaldo Jimenez fastball went dead center, into the trees behind the fence.
I was able to get ahead in the count, and get a good pitch to hit, he said.