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The legend continues: Heyward hits a bomb

Mar 8, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

Jason Heyward running.jpgJason Heyward continues to defy superlatives.

In the first inning of this afternoon’s game against the Tigers, Heyward battled Max Scherzer from 0-2 to a full count only to launch an epic two-run blast. How mammoth was it, you ask? The ball hit the metal roof that covers the batting cages beyond the right field wall in Lakeland. So I’m guessing somewhere around 600 feet. You know, conservative estimate.

Here’s Tim Hudson, as quoted by David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“He goes and puts one in the trees out there. I mean, it just adds to the legend.”

Heyward finished the day 1-for-2 with a walk. He’s a cool 5-for-12 (.417) with five walks in his first 18 plate appearances. Getting excited about small samples sizes would be silly, but including a hit-by-pitch (thanks KLB!) that’s a .611 on-base percentage, folks! I suppose I’m going to have to get used to the Mets pitching around him for about the next 15 years.

  1. Jamie - Mar 8, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    In the future, Heyward will simply be waved around the bases without the formality of pitches being thrown.

  2. KLB - Mar 8, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it should be a .611 OBP. The other plate appearance was a HBP. 5-12 + 5 BB + 1 HBP = 18 plate appearances.

  3. Trevis - Mar 8, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Chuck Norris wears Jason Heyward Pajamas…

  4. T. Alexander - Mar 8, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    History is marked by many a spring training sensation. For you to be talking about on-base percentage when a guy has 12 at-bats shows how stupid you are. Also, there have been guys like the Yankees Kevin Maas who hit so many homeruns in so few games during the beginning of his career only to be a below average player that it’s not even funny. They fill books!
    Epic is when someone hits a game-winning homerun in the playoffs or World Series. “Epic” isn’t even allowed in the stands during spring training you weenie!

  5. Ryan - Mar 8, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Craig Calcaterra wears Jason Heyward Pajamas…

    Fixt!

  6. Jeff - Mar 8, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Actually the term epic means heroic, majestic or impressively great. A guy could hit one homerun in his career which just happens to be during the playoffs and I would not consider it epic. Ironic maybe. Lucky even. But if somebody hits a 600ft homerun with a wooden bat, I don’t care what the circumstances are, that is an epic homerun.

  7. Debbie Downer - Mar 8, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    He sounds almost as good as Chris Shelton (who had the good sense to wait until April for his single historic month).

  8. D.J. Short - Mar 8, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Psst…it wasn’t really 600 feet. I was exaggerating for the sake of the story.

  9. Matt M - Mar 8, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Matt Wieters has a Jason Heyward poster above his bed.

  10. mike - Mar 8, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    let’s just go ahead and save everyone some time; the braves should retire his number and cooperstown should go ahead and induct him with dawson (since he doesn’t really belong either–nothing against the guy or his career, but i digress….) and while we’re at it, let’s pencil his name above mays, ruth and aaron–and bonds too–on the all time home run list. ah, hell, use pen.

  11. mike - Mar 8, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    let’s just go ahead and save everyone some time; the braves should retire his number and cooperstown should go ahead and induct him with dawson (since he doesn’t really belong either–nothing against the guy or his career, but i digress….) and while we’re at it, let’s pencil his name above mays, ruth and aaron–and bonds too–on the all time home run list. ah, hell, use pen.

  12. Patrick - Mar 8, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Dear People Who Write For This Blog,
    There are other prospects.
    Love,
    The 94 Percent of Your Readers Who Don’t Care About Jason Heyward Until He’s this Good in a Uniform

  13. Mike - Mar 8, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Practice, we’re taking about practice.

  14. John - Mar 8, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    Lets see a rookie hits a spring training home run off the legendary Max Scherzer (2009 9 wins 11 losses 4.12 era the fourth starter on a losing team) I guess it is lot easier being a phenom then it used to be. Obviously it is for baseball writers

  15. Len - Mar 8, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    I don’t buy 600 feet, but I might buy 500 and change.

  16. Randy - Mar 8, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Sounds downright Mantlesque!

  17. talex - Mar 9, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    There are no epic homeruns in spring training. And never has anyone with a brain ever used “epic” in place of “majestic.” “Epic” is something that would be remembered forever. No one will remember this homerun five minutes from now.
    Lame!!!!

  18. Dan - Mar 9, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    psst, the use of “story” was an exaggeration

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