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Play of the Day: Garrett Jones hits the Allegheny on the fly

Jun 2, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

Garrett Jones AP

For just the second time in PNC Park’s 13-year history, a player hit a home run into the Allegheny River on the fly. Garrett Jones became the first Pirate to do so when he slugged a two-run, game-tying home run off of Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton down the right field line, clearing the sidewalk in front of the water by a good five feet or so. The Pirates eventually went on to win 5-4 in 11 innings.

Daryle Ward is the other player to hit the Allegheny on the fly, accomplishing the feat on July 6, 2002. ESPN’s Home Run Tracker recounts the event here.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    A moon shot. Time to sing “Allegheny Moon” and “Moon River”.

  2. bobulated - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Came pretty close to taking out that tandem bike too! Talk about crazy odds.

  3. RoyHobbs39 - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    A) Imagine being that guy on the bike. Cruising along and almost getting nailed.

    B) Anyone seen that new Tom Cruise movie Jack Reacher. As a fan I that ballpark, it was interesting to see it highlighted in that movie. Not a huge fan of the Pirates (or Tom Cruise), but I love that park.

  4. randygnyc - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Right before the end of the video, a guy was taking his shirt off looking like he was going to jump in for that ball. THAT WATER IS FREEZING. Why couldn’t the video run longer?

    • drone501 - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      the local news here interviewed the guy who dove in off his boat. he kept fumbling the ball and he said the ball just sank to the bottom. lol

  5. proudlyfrenchcanadian - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    I remember when they were designing and then building the stadium, they thought this would be a common happening; obviously it’s not! Here’s to hoping there will be more Bucco splashes in the very near future!

    • pajabroni - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      That was during the steroid era.

    • threefingerclown - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      Artie Bucco? I don’t know how well he can hit, but he’s a wizard with gabbagool.

  6. proudlyfrenchcanadian - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    ESPN has it listed at 440 feet, again, you think it would happen more often.

  7. sdelmonte - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Nice call, referencing the Talking Heads.

    • threefingerclown - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      Hogwash! He was clearly referencing Big Mouth Billy Bass.

  8. charlescub80 - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Almost hi those bikers!

  9. Stiller43 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    What a bomb! And he almost killed the couple on the tandem as well!

  10. drone501 - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    a good many balls have left the park and bounced into the trees on the walkway along the river.

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