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Friday, May 24, 2019

Anthony Rizzo breaks Budweiser sign with monster homer

Last night the Phillies were in Chicago to face the Cubs. The lead in to the game was all about how Cole Hamels was facing his former team. As I mentioned in the recaps this morning that sort of fizzled — Hamels got a no-decision after pitching four middling innings — but there was something pretty spectacular in the game all the same.

The spectacular thing: Anthony Rizzo‘s third inning homer off of Phillies’ starter Cole Irvin. In addition to erasing a 3-0 Philly lead, it was an absolute moon shot that hit off the Budweiser sign up above the right field scoreboard. Even better: it broke the dang sign. Watch the “d” when the ball gets there

Well, that’s one way to editorialize about that beer…..

 

QLE Posted: May 24, 2019 at 07:29 AM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: anthony rizzo, broken signs, home runs

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   1. Howie Menckel Posted: May 24, 2019 at 11:49 AM (#5845358)
I once saw Mo Vaughn hit a preposterous HR to CF at Shea Stadium. I was sitting right behind home plate, and it's the only time I've ever yelled "HOLY ####!" at a ballpark.

I almost thought it was going to go over the scoreboard, but instead it crashed into the, yes, Budweiser LED signage. the board looked woozy for a bit, reeling from the blow.

holy cow, here it is

flew an estimated 505 feet
   2. How can it be QPQ if Zonk Says it isn't a QPQ? Posted: May 24, 2019 at 12:48 PM (#5845398)
Another reason I tend to be anti-Big New Scoreboards.... would need to look at the trajectory again but that might have ended up as a porch shot.

Anyway.... kind of cool PR stunt by the Cubs and Budweiser around it (a fake "bill" to Rizzo for repairs, followed by a check from Budweiser with the memo 'Damage Control' to Rizzo's pediatric cancer charity).
   3. Lassus Posted: May 24, 2019 at 01:01 PM (#5845403)
holy cow, here it is

I miss Shea.
   4. Man o' Schwar Posted: May 24, 2019 at 02:12 PM (#5845435)
I like the alternative Twitter headline:

Florida man vandalizes Wrigley Field video board.
   5. The Mighty Quintana Posted: May 24, 2019 at 02:27 PM (#5845441)
On my only visit to Yankees stadium, this ball sailed well over my head. And I was in the cheap seats!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQeJ8YQuqh8
   6. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 24, 2019 at 02:28 PM (#5845443)
I once saw Mo Vaughn hit a preposterous HR to CF at Shea Stadium. I was sitting right behind home plate, and it's the only time I've ever yelled "HOLY ####!" at a ballpark.


I can't recall if I was at that game or just watched it on TV* but that was one of the most titanic shots I've ever seen live.

* I have a memory of being at the game, but then for some reason I have a memory of being at the game where Dae Sung Koo hit a double off of Randy Johnson and I definitely wasn't there.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 24, 2019 at 02:33 PM (#5845444)
Greatest Home Runs At Wrigley Field:
1. Babe Ruth’s Called Shot
2. Roy Hobbs Breaks The Clock
3. ???
   8. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: May 24, 2019 at 03:07 PM (#5845451)
Greatest Home Runs At Wrigley Field:
1. Babe Ruth’s Called Shot
2. Roy Hobbs Breaks The Clock
3. ???


Kerry Wood in game 7 of the 2003 NLCS
   9. How can it be QPQ if Zonk Says it isn't a QPQ? Posted: May 24, 2019 at 03:12 PM (#5845454)
The Schwarbomb.

Is this "meaningful" or "memorable"?

If the latter, the Glenallen Hill moonshot belongs on the list.... so does a Sosa bomb or two.
   10. Scott Lange Posted: May 24, 2019 at 03:12 PM (#5845455)
Kerry Wood in game 7 of the 2003 NLCS


So underrated.
   11. SandyRiver Posted: May 24, 2019 at 03:13 PM (#5845458)
On my only visit to Yankees stadium, this ball sailed well over my head. And I was in the cheap seats!

On my first visit to Yankee Stadium, in 1957, we thought Mantle had hit one over the façade. Our seats were well up the 3rd tier behind 1st and Mick drove one to straightaway left. We could follow the ball as it rose, briefly saw it silhouetted against the night sky, then lost sight of it and wondered if it was over and out. Had we been smarter, we'd have looked at the folks in 3rd tier LF, because had it gone out they would've been going nuts. (The ball landed about halfway up that 3rd deck, still an awesome shot.)
   12. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 24, 2019 at 03:22 PM (#5845462)
Rizzo just hit the board again. Add it to his tab.
   13. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: May 24, 2019 at 03:35 PM (#5845468)
I was at Riverfront, in the Red seats just outside the left field foul pole, when Mark McGwire did this: Longest HR in Riverfront Stadium history

And... at Great American when Adam Dunn went full LIMATIME! on a Jose Lima fastball (ended up down by the river): Longest HR in GABP history
   14. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: May 24, 2019 at 03:50 PM (#5845474)
   15. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: May 24, 2019 at 03:59 PM (#5845476)

If the latter, the Glenallen Hill moonshot belongs on the list.... so does a Sosa bomb or two.


The most memorable Sosa bomb (for me) was when he hit the roof of the shed for the CF camera early in the 2003 NLCS.
   16. How can it be QPQ if Zonk Says it isn't a QPQ? Posted: May 24, 2019 at 04:03 PM (#5845478)
Yup, that was the Sosa one I was mainly thinking of.... and I suppose it ticks both boxes to some extent.
   17. Red Voodooin Posted: May 24, 2019 at 04:34 PM (#5845482)
This was probably Sosa's most important HR, and I'd say #62 in 1998 is his second greatest homer as a Cub.
   18. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 24, 2019 at 05:02 PM (#5845488)
I remember that Sosa homer mostly for Kenny Lofton's reaction to it.
   19. vortex of dissipation Posted: May 24, 2019 at 05:09 PM (#5845489)
Greatest Home Runs At Wrigley Field:
1. Babe Ruth’s Called Shot
2. Roy Hobbs Breaks The Clock
3. ???


The Homer in the Gloamin'.
   20. Brian C Posted: May 24, 2019 at 05:24 PM (#5845490)
s was probably Sosa's most important HR,

Steve Stone's commentary on this homer is also a good reminder that by that point of his career, Sammy was already having a lot of difficulty catching up to fastballs.
   21. Howie Menckel Posted: May 24, 2019 at 05:32 PM (#5845493)
Davie Kingman's 1976 HR at Wrigley

"Dave Kingman of the New York Mets hit it off pitcher Tom Dettore in the sixth inning. It was an awesome blow which exploded off Kingman's bat and soared high into the 16-mile-per-hour jetstream which was blowing toward left-center field.

Keiber, the man who has a duffel bag full of baseballs at his home .. the man who caught Ron Santo's 200th .. the man who dreams of someday playing shortstop for the Cubs, was stunned.

He estimated it traveled 600 feet."

"Keiber wasn't the only disbeliever. At least a half-dozen other home run chasers had congregated around the popular intersection of Waveland and Kenmore--and three youngsters with gloves, when they saw Kingman's home run coming, turned and started running north on Kenmore.

The ball sailed over their heads, struck the porch of the third house from the Waveland Ave. corner on the fly, and caromed back."

................

(my memory says either there was a lady on the porch at the time, or she came out immediately when she heard a commotion. but it's 43 years ago, and we know eyewitness testimony gets less reliable over the years.)
   22. Walt Davis Posted: May 24, 2019 at 05:42 PM (#5845501)
Whaddya know, there's video ...

Kingman hits 3rd hous up Kenmore

Also I learned that Bonds once broke a 3rd floor window over Sheffield

EDIT: didn't see Howie's note. He was with the Cubs when he hit this.
   23. aberg Posted: May 24, 2019 at 05:51 PM (#5845502)
The longest HR I've ever seen hit in person was Nelson Cruz in spring training for the Brewers in 2006. It was at the dumpy Brewers' ST stadium in a game against the Giants (I think). If that wasn't over 500 ft, then I'm a terrible judge of distance.

At that point, Nelly only had a cup of coffee in the majors. He wouldn't hit his first major league HR until later that summer, after he was traded with Carlos Lee for Francisco Cordero. He hit 27 HR across two levels the year before, but he looked like he might be the prototypical Quad-A Slugger who K's too much and doesn't play enough defense to make it in the majors. Given that memory, it has been fun to watch him turn into a HOVG player.
   24. Brian C Posted: May 24, 2019 at 06:09 PM (#5845505)
Hard to tell from the vid exactly where Kingman's homer lands, but playing around on Google Maps, the third house on Kenmore looks like it's about 525 feet. 600 feet seems like an overbid in any case.
   25. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 24, 2019 at 06:13 PM (#5845506)
   26. Howie Menckel Posted: May 24, 2019 at 06:55 PM (#5845507)
Hard to tell from the vid exactly where Kingman's homer lands, but playing around on Google Maps, the third house on Kenmore looks like it's about 525 feet. 600 feet seems like an overbid in any case.

the later estimates were 550 feet.

comment from video in post 22:

Edgar auf dem Graben
2 years ago
This [1979] one hit the fence surrounding the third house on Kenmore avenue. The one in 1976 hit the roof of the front porch of the same house.
   27. Hot Wheeling American Posted: May 24, 2019 at 08:49 PM (#5845521)
I once saw Mo Vaughn hit a preposterous HR to CF at Shea Stadium. I was sitting right behind home plate, and it's the only time I've ever yelled "HOLY ####!" at a ballpark.

I almost thought it was going to go over the scoreboard, but instead it crashed into the, yes, Budweiser LED signage. the board looked woozy for a bit, reeling from the blow.

I was Designated Driver of the Game at that one (at age 19...still have the windbreaker). Monster shot, but just a little was taken away from appreciating after as it followed a Sheffield grand slam.

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