The Red Sox beat the Tigers 4-3 last night in a tense Game 5 matchup in Detroit, sending the series back to Boston up 3-2. Mike Napoli opened the scoring with a monster solo home run to dead center, and that run proved to be the difference after the Tigers climbed back into the game.
Here’s the thing about this home run: there’s never any doubt that it’s gone. Sometimes you aren’t sure if a ball will carry and it does; conversely, sometimes you think it’s gonna land over the wall and instead it lands in the outfielder’s glove. Watching the game live, as soon as the ball left the bat, I (me, the writer, Eric) said “That’s outta here,” and of course it was. Just look at this thing:
The official distance on that blast was, I believe, 445 feet. But most people estimated it at 450, 460, 470. Basically, they couldn’t believe how far it was hit. And the reactions on Twitter revolved around the same theme: Have you ever seen such a monster homer, in a such a big game?
"How many years you covered?" asked David Ortiz. 42. "Have you ever seen a ball hit harder than Napoli's homer?" No.
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) October 18, 2013
Official distance on that Napoli home run: Forever.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 18, 2013
Third. Wasn't it? Monster HR. MT @dery105 I've never seen a ball go to the second level of shrubs in dead center here.
— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) October 18, 2013
Let's try this again. The view from my hotel room of Comerica Park. Rummaging through my room for Napoli's home run. pic.twitter.com/KnFd6wAXZ7
— Christopher Gasper (@cgasper) October 18, 2013
Napoli is known for his monster shots, but this is the postseason. To get that much wood on an Anibal Sanchez fastball takes serious chutzpuh.