Bartolo Colon delivered the pitch. Brandon Allen took a mighty swing and struck it high and far to right field.
The ball just seemed to have been in the sky forever on that August night in 2011. The hangtime had to have been close to 10 seconds, easy.
The sphere of leather and cowhide towered deep into the early evening air. Right fielder Nick Swisher didn’t even move. He could only watch as the ball vanished into the far reaches of the upper deck at Yankee Stadium.
Solo home run. Oakland Athletics lead the Yankees 1-0 in the top of the second.
From the seats behind the wall in left field, I turned to my friend Micheal. We were among the thousands of fans bewildered at what we had all just seen.
“That… was a bomb.”
By far, no questions asked, it was the most prolific home run I have ever witnessed.
In-person, that is.
There’s an old saying that “chicks dig the long ball” but I think that saying is true of everyone, not just “chicks.” One of the most exciting parts of going to a ballgame, no matter if you’re a male or female, is bearing witness to a moon shot; a home run that travels an astounding distance.
Nothing beats seeing one live and up close. And although it was incredible watching Allen’s mashed tater into an area few hitters go, I do however wish he was wearing pinstripes when he accomplished the feat.
But make no mistake, there have been some Yankees who have dropped bombs that make Hiroshima and Nagasaki look like kid stuff.
The magnificent Yankee being one of the more known assailants.
Back in May of 1963, Mickey Mantle obliterated an offering from Bill Fischer of the Kansas City A’s. The ball went so far, it caromed off the façade – or frieze – atop Yankee Stadium, and it came close to being knocked out of the stadium altogether.
Talk about a bomb.
Yet, players not wearing pinstripes have also murdered their share of home runs.
Like the current all-time home run record holder, Barry Bonds. I only wish I could have been at Yankee Stadium in June of 2002 when the San Francisco Giants paid the Bombers a visit. In the first inning, Bonds came up and completely blasted a three-run home run off Ted Lilly.
To that point, I had never seen a batter hit a ball that far into the upper deck. Even watching Bonds’ yard work on television left me amazed, but I can’t imagine the TV did it justice, had I been there in-person.
And that’s my point. Until you see a long, tape measure homer in-person, I’m not certain you can truly appreciate it.
That being said, what’s the longest home run you’ve ever seen live?
Who hit it?
And did whoever club it leave you as amazed as Allen left me in 2011?