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Mike Napoli hit the ball a long, long way yesterday

May 2, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

Mike Napoli had two homers for the Sox last night. They booth were moon shots. Here they are:

Don Orsillo didn’t seem too impressed with the first one off the bat — probably because it was dead center and thus harder to gauge the trajectory — but it was gone.  He liked the second one better (“it’s very gone!”).

Officially they were 472 and 467 feet, but that’s an inexact science, obviously.

Boom.

  1. lewp - May 2, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Looking forward to seeing Nap-o-li coming back to Texas Friday night.

    I’m sure he’s going to continue his homerun tear. He always makes his former team pay right LA?
    I will be in the stands if we don’t have a freeze here in Texas.

    • jarathen - May 2, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      He’s officially an “Angel-killer” per an article I read yesterday. He has the best stats of any hitter against the Angels, and for good reason. We should be talking about him as a poor man’s Piazza by now, bit Scioscia never liked him and played him as such.

  2. heyblueyoustink - May 2, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    “He was a tall man with the body of a giant, cheerful in appearance with agreeable features, broad-shouldered and big-boned, with belly in proportion and lengthy flanks, pleasing in appearance but with a wild look, broad in the hips, with strong arms and legs, a most spirited fighting-man, with all his limbs very strong and firm.”

    • Glenn - May 2, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      Freedom!!!

  3. RoyHobbs39 - May 2, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Maybe the wind was blowing out.

    • Old Gator - May 2, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      He was hunting that demon who lives out in the thin air.

  4. pmcenroe - May 2, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Seriously what is going on at the Rogers Centre? The only thing they changed this year was turn ‘Windows’ into an open bar area and now balls are traveling like 50 feet further(and I’m not even exaggerating). This is getting crazy and they haven’t even open the roof yet.

    • pmcenroe - May 2, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      14 of the 70 MLB homeruns hit so far totaling more than 430 feet have come at the Rogers Centre, that’s 20%

    • jarathen - May 2, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      I’m sure it’s unrelated to pitching.

    • josemartez - May 2, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      Yeah, it’s ridiculous. They’re flying out so much further than they ever have. I swear there’s been 5 or 6 hit above what used to be the restaurant. I remember Delgado hitting one up there thinking that’ll never happen again.

      • pmcenroe - May 2, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        According to hit tracker here are the number of 430+ foot HRs hit at Rogers Centre over the last 8 seasons

        2013- 14 (after 15 home games)
        2012- 35
        2011- 22
        2010- 36
        2009- 20
        2008- 8
        2007- 26
        2006- 38

    • Caught Looking - May 2, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      The Red Sox have hit 31 team homeruns thus far this season. Of those 31, 16 have been in only five games at the Rogers Centre with the remaining 15 in their other 22 games.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - May 2, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Another great outing by Mark Buehrle, back to back 3 HR games and he has 9HR’s on the year which by the way ties for the AL lead in HRs. Right now Mark is projected to have 52HRs!! I think if he really tries he can challenge Bonds single season record! GO MARK!

    • jwbiii - May 2, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Actually, it’s Bert Blyleven’s record:

      1.  Bert Blyleven+ (35) 50  1986
      2.  Jose Lima (27)      48  2000
      3.  Bronson Arroyo (34) 46  2011
          Bert Blyleven+ (36) 46  1987
          Robin Roberts+ (29) 46  1956
      6.  Jamie Moyer (41)    44  2004
      7.  Eric Milton (28)    43  2004
          Pedro Ramos (22)    43  1957
      9.  Denny McLain (22)   42  1966
      10. Rick Helling (28)   41  1999
          Phil Niekro+ (40)   41  1979
          Robin Roberts+ (28) 41  1955
      

      Not bad company for a record of, well, bad pitching.

      • badintent - May 3, 2013 at 3:04 AM

        Bert gave up a homer to my college buddy in a exhibition game with the Twins.I think everyone hit a homer off him. He pitched for like 22 years , right ?

  6. indaburg - May 2, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Napoli smash.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 2, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      We going to turn this into a Hulk Smash meme? I wouldn’t be opposed to it.

      • indaburg - May 2, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        I can’t take credit. That’s an homage to some of my buddies on HBT.

    • cur68 - May 2, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      Yeah, yeah. I hate that guy.

      :(

      • indaburg - May 2, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        In your case, homage = troll.

  7. paperlions - May 2, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    I have the….erm….pleasure…of watching a lot of games played in Toronto this year as the Yanks and RS have each played there and this is already the second time the RS have visited….what a horrible looking field. I realize they have a concrete surface, but damn, can’t they put in a dirt infield or something?

    • josemartez - May 2, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      I wish they would put in a dirt infield. They do in Tampa so it’s totally doable. The turf itself is awful. I wish they never built that eyesore of a stadium.

    • jaysjunkie - May 2, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Just be glad you don’t have to watch EVERY game played there, as we Jays fans do. They’re talking about putting in grass sometime in the next few years. I wish it was sooner, but apparently there’s some issue because of the other tenant in the building, the Toronto Argos from the Mickey Mouse CFL.

      • josemartez - May 2, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        I’ve been following Toronto for years so I’m used to seeing the horrible turf on a fairly regular basis. Haven’t been to a game this year and at this point I feel I should save my money. I guess the plus side of seeing them live is that I wouldn’t be subjected to the enormous Orange Julius logo they superimpose on the new batter’s eye. Could they make that thing any larger?

  8. turdfurgerson68 - May 2, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    What, no comments from ‘ProudlyCanadian’?

    • bobwsc - May 2, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      he’s busy holding down his spot on the Jays world series parade route.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 2, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      He’s on the phone with AA to see where the jays go from here..

      • indaburg - May 2, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        That was actually funny. Good job.

  9. gmagic9044 - May 2, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Too high. It’s too high.

    • Ralph - May 2, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Too high? What does that mean, too high?

  10. hushbrother - May 2, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    The homers by Drew and Nava were belted too. Like they were using a juiced ball in Toronto last night.

  11. Francisco (FC) - May 2, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Hear that cur? That’s the sound of your soul being tormented.

    • cur68 - May 2, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Worst FL move, EVER.

  12. scoocha - May 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Gotta love the Fenway Effect. I wouldn’t be surprised if he has 140 RBIs this season. Fenway = Coors East.

    • turdfurgerson68 - May 3, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Uh, you do realize that the game was played IN Toronto. Wow…just…wow (eyes rolling)

      Fenway = Coors East???

      Nope…Yankee Stadium = Coors East.

  13. jaysjunkie - May 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    BTW, while Napoli’s homer was impressive, Encarnacion’s 5th deck shot the night before was even more impressive – just the 16th time somebody has gone up there since the stadium opened in ’89 (I was at the stadium when Jose Canseco and Josh Phelps did it in separate games). I think I heard Edwin’s was only measured at 427 feet, which is absolutely ridiculous.

    • eightyraw - May 2, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      How is that “obviously ridiculous”? Do you not understand how HRs are measured?

  14. eightyraw - May 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Calling HR measurements an “inexact science, obviously” is a great disservice to Greg Rybarczyk.
    The science behind these measurements is beyond thorough. Sure, there are error bars. But there are error bars in all measurements. HittrackerOnline has transformed HR distance from meaningless estimations to scientific modelling.

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