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Mike Napoli followed Manny Ramirez’s footsteps by going fifth deck in Toronto

Aug 27, 2014, 11:19 AM EST

Red Sox designated hitter Mike Napoli smacked a three-run homer in the 11th inning last night against the Blue Jays and it was a particularly monstrous blast: 451 feet.

Napoli became just the eighth visiting player to hit a homer into the fifth deck at Rogers Centre in the ballpark’s 26-year history.

Red Sox television announcer Don Orsillo deserves some credit for immediately saying Napoli’s homer reminded him of a Manny Ramirez homer in Toronto “some years ago.” It was 2001, to be exact, and the Ramirez homer he remembered is the longest in the ballpark’s history at 491 feet.

  1. skeleteeth - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    At least link it:

    Kudos to the announcer in the Ramirez video remembering the homerun Canseco hit in the playoffs in Toronto, which is what I think of when the words homerun and Skydome are used in the same sentence:

    • 18thstreet - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Announcer from the Manny homer: “Hit so well, he receives a huge ovation from this crowd in Toronto.” It’s interesting that the announcer didn’t consider the possibility that those were Red Sox fans.

      • sophiethegreatdane - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        It was 2001. The world had yet to be overrun with Bandwagon Nation.
        So it was probably mostly Jays fans.

      • 18thstreet - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        I’ve been going to Red Sox games in Baltimore since 1998. I swear, I’ve never been the only Sox fan there.

    • miguelcairo - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      MLB on NBC. Somehow that sounds incredibly refreshing.

    • Wesley Clark - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Canseco’s homerun was a bomb. If I remember correctly, NBC sent a reporter up to where the ball landed during the next game to show how far the ball went. Needless to say, I am pretty sure people in those seats were not expecting to get a homerun souvenir.

    • Paper Lions - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Ha, that Manny HR was off of Chris Carpenter. 13 years is a very long time.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      Thanks for sharing Skeleteeh. A young Chris Carpenter and Tony Fernandez. Forgot all about it.
      Man…could that dude glove it. Wonderful shortstop.

  2. hushbrother - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Canseco’s 1989 playoff bomb was off Mike Flanagan, and he kind of got jammed on the pitch – he had to bring his arms in to get the bat head on the ball, unlike most mammoth homers (like Napoli’s) in which the batter usually takes a huge hack and connects. Canseco was really, really strong back then.

  3. packfaninthehook - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    What a disgrace to the game to watch it fly like that. Act like you’ve been there before.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      Didn’t you know that white guys are allowed to watch balls go out? It’s an unwritten rule.

  4. pete2112 - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    I’m not a fan of the duck dynasty beard, but that was impressive.

  5. RoyHobbs39 - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    I remember seeing some shots into the top deck of the old Kingdome. Curious to know which one was further…

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