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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Melky Cabrera smashed a windshield with a homer

MLB Network analyst earlier this year: “Since Melky’s off the stuff…he’s lost all his power.”

Out of Fenway Park and right into some poor person’s car.

Melky Cabrera absolutely crushed a home run out of Fenway Park:

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   1. BDC Posted: July 29, 2014 at 09:15 AM (#4759555)
At a D-I school near me, years ago, there was a tiny ballfield where you could park just on the other side of a fence along the foul lines, and cars frequently got hit. They eventually built a new stadium with a substantial wall, and moved the parking spots well away … and started playing a goofy recording of a windshield being smashed after high fouls over the wall.

Good to hear about something that isn't a simulacrum these days, even at the expense of the fan's windshield :)
   2. Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: July 29, 2014 at 09:58 AM (#4759571)
That garage gets a couple of smashed windshields every year. It's always pretty entertaining.
   3. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 29, 2014 at 10:11 AM (#4759577)
The main parking lot at Thurman Munson Stadium in Canton (former home of the Eastern League Canton-Akron Indians) was/is behind the right-field fence. (Seen here. It's the gravel area just beyond the wall.)

I saw a number of cars get plunked over the years. Seemed like Troy Neel would break a windshield every couple weeks.

We made a habit of parking as far as possible from the stadium.
   4. catomi01 Posted: July 29, 2014 at 11:22 AM (#4759617)
guy on my softball team hit a pop up foul down the 1b line one time...wind took it and blew it into the parking lot - and then directly into his own windshield.
   5. RollingWave Posted: July 29, 2014 at 11:55 AM (#4759651)
Good for Melky, he's on pace to put up surprisingly great career numbers (especially counting stats.)

I was killed on a Taiwanese board many years back by saying that Melky would have a very good career based on the fact that virtually anyone who had a solid season in age 21 or younger had pretty good careers, of course, since most the guys you would cite for those cases were hall of famers, the backlash virtually turned into a cult to put it mildly.

   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 29, 2014 at 12:22 PM (#4759671)
Huh, I just saw where someone registered www.melkycabreradidnotsmashawindshieldwithahomer.com. That's random.
   7. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: July 29, 2014 at 12:43 PM (#4759697)
An automotive victim of steroids.

There's no truth though to the rumor that Cabrera tried to cover up the damage by installing a fake windshield in its place.
   8. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 29, 2014 at 01:48 PM (#4759739)
guy on my softball team hit a pop up foul down the 1b line one time...wind took it and blew it into the parking lot - and then directly into his own windshield.


When I was in little league, one of the hitters on my team hit a foul popup that went right through the (open) sun roof of a car driving past the field.

Never even slowed down.
   9. Athletic Supporter was shiny, now he's all rusted Posted: July 29, 2014 at 01:57 PM (#4759742)
He should have his car taken away.
   10. PreservedFish Posted: July 29, 2014 at 01:57 PM (#4759743)
Good for Melky, he's on pace to put up surprisingly great career numbers (especially counting stats.)


I'm kind of scared to look.
   11. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 29, 2014 at 01:58 PM (#4759744)
The avenue (Nebraska Ave.) behind my DC high school's former baseball field used to allow on-street parking between 9:30 in the morning and 4:00 in the afternoon, and the avenue was sitting right behind the right field fence that was all of 180' from home plate. Balls hit over the fence at that point were ruled ground rule singles, and since the games began at 3:00, more than a few of those singles wound up smashing through windshields.

And in Griffith Stadium (1911-1961), there was a parking lot right behind home plate, where foul balls used to land on a regular basis. You parked there at your own risk, and if you didn't tip the parking lot attendant you might wind up with both a broken window and a slashed tire. That was one of many reasons that most people took the trolley to the ballpark.
   12. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 29, 2014 at 03:18 PM (#4759788)
Out of Fenway Park and right into some poor person’s car.

More likely a one-percenter, given the price of tickets at Fenway.
   13. SandyRiver Posted: July 29, 2014 at 03:56 PM (#4759825)
The avenue (Nebraska Ave.) behind my DC high school's former baseball field used to allow on-street parking between 9:30 in the morning and 4:00 in the afternoon, and the avenue was sitting right behind the right field fence that was all of 180' from home plate. Balls hit over the fence at that point were ruled ground rule singles, and since the games began at 3:00, more than a few of those singles wound up smashing through windshields.


Sounds something like the account I heard of why Cleon Jones batted righty though lefthanded. At the sandlot park where he played, anything over the short RF fence meant lost ball and game over, and as a lefty swinger he'd do that regularly, so he switched around so they could keep on playing, and it became a habit.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: July 29, 2014 at 08:49 PM (#4760046)
I did this once playing a pick-up game at the Loyola U "track" (is it still there?). We weren't supposed to play there but security was pretty lax about running us off. Wind was blowing "out" and I got under it just enough -- probably one of the longest balls I've ever hit (not that that's saying much). Like Melky, I was obviously roided up.

And it was a Mercedes.

Also probably the fastest I've ever run.
   15. Bunny Vincennes Posted: July 30, 2014 at 05:02 AM (#4760212)
Shortly after I moved to Madison my college buddies joined me for a beer fueled desire to play late night homerun derby contest at historic Breese Stevens Field. Its bordered by East Washington Boulevard, a major thoroughfair to the Cap Square. It was a WPA project where they now play soccer but it hosted baseball for years in the early to mid half of the 20th century. It plays to about 215' to the RF that borders the boulevard, and 660' to the LF corner, the park factors must have been insane. We were all right handers and easily jacking homeruns to RF. I don't know if anybody actually hit a car, but about 30 minutes into are game the police showed up and asked us to leave. They were polite.

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