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Playing in only his third major league game, the A’s rookie outfielder launched what will end up being one of the most impressive home runs this season. A two-run straightaway rocket to center field, the blast bounced off a facade and provided Oakland’s lone bright spot in a 7-3 opening night loss to Seattle on Friday. Hit Tracker Online estimated the homer’s distance at 462 feet. Watch the majesty here.
Cespedes’ swing was so swift and the results so titanic that the 26-year-old rookie reacted with a hop and extended gaze toward the ball’s eventual destination. That didn’t please Seattle pitcher Jason Vargas at all — especially since the A’s were trailing 5-0 at the time — and Cespedes later realized he may have made a mistake by watching the ball too long.
He’s not on the island any more, he said. “I followed the ball, but I don’t like that to do that again,” Cespedes said via the San Francisco Chronicle. “I come from Cuba, where it’s a little less quality games, so we do that. But here I don’t want to do that.”
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