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Joseph Diego "Jody" Gerut (born September 18, 1977 in Elmhurst, Illinois) is a former baseball player. He attended Jackson Middle School, Willowbrook High School, and later Stanford University.

On April 13, 2009, he hit the first base hit and home run at Citi Field against the New York Mets on the 3rd pitch off Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey. Gerut became the first player in major league history to open a new ballpark with a leadoff homer.

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