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The ball that Juan Francisco hit last night: R.I.P.

Sep 13, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

You never know when it’s gonna be your time. You just hope that you’ve made the most of your life that you could and that you left your family well provided-for.  As this ball came sailing in to Juan Francisco, I just hope it didn’t have any regrets. That it lived its last day on this Earth as if it knew it was its last.

Rest in Peace, poor murdered baseball.

  1. nolanwiffle - Sep 13, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    The ball knew too much, and the hit sign was given………

  2. thefalcon123 - Sep 13, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    482 feet. The 2nd longest of 2011 according to Hittracker

    • joshfrancis50 - Sep 13, 2011 at 12:16 PM

      I thought it was 502.

      • 18thstreet - Sep 13, 2011 at 1:39 PM

        502 yards sounds about right to me.

    • thefalcon123 - Sep 14, 2011 at 10:26 AM

      Hittracker uses fancy techniques like “math” to figure out how far the ball went, as opposed to stadium estimates that use “it look like it went xxx feet” as their way to measure it.

  3. dailyrev - Sep 13, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Fortunately Juan does not have one of those sports shrinks whose mantra is “be the ball.” Or this might have been even more tragic.

  4. bigleagues - Sep 13, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Any designs that Todd Frazier had on getting a crack at the 3B job flew out of the park with that one.

  5. APBA Guy - Sep 13, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Funny argument on BBTN about whether it was 500 or 480 feet. While quickly dispensing with the “technology should tell us exactly” moment, the hitters (Kruk and Larkin) were convinced that any ball that flies out of the stadium must by definition be at least 500 feet. The pitcher (Mulder) naturally argued that 480 was the right number, because 500 is just too far and no pitcher would want to see one of his pitches tagged like that.

    • Bryz - Sep 13, 2011 at 5:34 PM

      …the hitters (Kruk and Larkin) were convinced that any ball that flies out of the stadium must by definition be at least 500 feet.

      Please tell me that’s a joke. If not, then Kruk and Larkin better be consistent when someone asks them if a splash hit in San Francisco is automatically 500 feet.

      It’s too bad that we have an obsession with round numbers, because if that wasn’t the case, this argument would probably never happen. 500 sounds so much nicer than 480 feet, and I bet that’s a subconscious root to why Kruk and Larkin felt that it had to have gone 500 feet.

      Meanwhile, Hit Tracker claims there hasn’t been a 500 footer since 2008, and that was hit by the good Adam Dunn and still barely cleared 500. It is an extremely tough feat to accomplish, even by the most powerful of hitters.

      I’ve said 500 too many times.

  6. marshmallowsnake - Sep 13, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    “That ball wouldn’t have gone out of a lot of parks.” Ricky says, “Name one.” Jakes pauses and says, “Yellowstone.”

  7. hoopmatch - Sep 13, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    A member of the Cincinnati broadcast team went outside during the game and retrieved a piece of a tree that the ball broke off during reentry. He brought it to the broadcast booth and said he would give it to Juan Francisco after the game. (The ball was likewise retrieved for Juan.)

    The broadcasters said the ball traveled 502 feet but is only the second longest homer in history of Great American Ballpark. Adam Dunn hit one 535 feet when he played there.

  8. baseballisboring - Sep 13, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    the sad thing is…everyone remembers Juan Francisco, and not this poor ball, with it’s covering and stitching ripped apart so prematurely. I prefer to remember the ball.

  9. nyetjones - Sep 13, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    If you look at the field map of where it landed, it appears that hit-tracker is saying it actually hit the walkway behind the bleachers and bounced out of the stadium:

    The blue dot is where it made contact and the green dot is where it “would have landed.” The 502 foot estimate was probably done in stadium, and those are generally overestimates in my experience – though I have to say, I can’t see the ball at all on the replay, so I don’t know how hittracker is determining that it hit the walkway.

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