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twentywontowin
02-26-2008, 11:17 AM
Thought this could make for some fun conversation. What are some of the long bombs you remember at the new park? Concourse shots, center field blasts, you name it.

Joe Borchard is obvious. Cecil Fielder also hit the concourse once I believe.

Also, how long is it before someone puts a moonshot onto the upper deck of Fundamentals? It's gotta be around 475 up there.

hi im skot
02-26-2008, 11:20 AM
I remember McGwire hitting one in '96 that bounced off the leftfield concourse walkway and over the Cap Corner.

Jermaine hit one against Boston in '06 that nearly made it to the fandeck, or at least seemed like it did...

Cat Thief
02-26-2008, 11:21 AM
Who bounced that one on to the concourse last year? Konerko?

twentywontowin
02-26-2008, 11:22 AM
Jermaine hit one against Boston in '06 that nearly made it to the fandeck, or at least seemed like it did...

I remember this one. The ball smacked off the brick pillar in the seats.

btrain929
02-26-2008, 11:24 AM
I was at the game last year where (the one bright moment for him) Luis Terrero hit his bomb off a hanging curveball about 2 rows short of the LF concourse. He absolutely pissed on it.

sox1970
02-26-2008, 11:27 AM
through 2006:

504- Joe Borchard (Brett Myers)
495- Frank Thomas (Johan Santana)
490- Eric Chavez (Gary Glover)
484- Dan Pasqua (Scott Sanderson)
475- Barry Bonds (Jon Garland)
473- Cecil Fielder (Mike Sirotka)
470- Mark McGwire (James Baldwin)
466- Frank Thomas (Bob Milacki)
461- Frank Thomas (Scott Sanderson)
460- Carl Everett (Dave Bush)

chisoxmike
02-26-2008, 11:32 AM
In '03, I was at the first game of the Sox/Giants series, Barry Bonds hit a un-Godly shot to left-center field.

twentywontowin
02-26-2008, 11:32 AM
through 2006:

504- Joe Borchard (Brett Myers)
495- Frank Thomas (Johan Santana)
490- Eric Chavez (Gary Glover)
484- Dan Pasqua (Scott Sanderson)
475- Barry Bonds (Jon Garland)
473- Cecil Fielder (Mike Sirotka)
470- Mark McGwire (James Baldwin)
466- Frank Thomas (Bob Milacki)
461- Frank Thomas (Scott Sanderson)
460- Carl Everett (Dave Bush)

Good stuff right there.

As for the Fundamentals upper deck...what would you guys estimate distance wise for that? 475? 500?

I know it's possible since Glenallen Hill had that blast at Wrigley where he put it across the street onto the roof, and that was about 500 feet hugging the line.

thegooch
02-26-2008, 11:36 AM
That Pasqua shot is etched in my brain.

oeo
02-26-2008, 11:37 AM
Who bounced that one on to the concourse last year? Konerko?

Terrero is the only one I remember. That guy could hit some bombs.

Konerko, honestly, doesn't usually hit the hell out of the ball on his dingers.

Hokiesox
02-26-2008, 11:40 AM
I seem to remember Dye hitting one to the concourse against the Royals last season in that game where both teams lead off hitters hit HRs in the first 2 innings. I was at that game.

wdelaney72
02-26-2008, 11:40 AM
Glenallen Hill reached the concourse once.

sox1970
02-26-2008, 11:42 AM
Terrero's was tagged:

http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl.jsp?w_id=573953&w=mms%3A//a1503.v108692.c10869.g.vm.akamaistream.net/7/1503/10869/v0001/mlb.download.akamai.com/10869/2007/open/tp/archive05/052507_tbacha_terrero_3rhr_tp_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2007/05/25/tbamlb-chamlb-1&mid=200705251986005&cid=mlb&fid=mlb_tp400&v=2&mType=w&urlstr=&mUrl=&type=v_free&_mp=1

kaufsox
02-26-2008, 11:43 AM
didn't Albert Belle hit the concourse once? I seem to remember that while he was with the Indians:scratch:

Ragator43
02-26-2008, 11:49 AM
I remember McGwire hitting one in '96 that bounced off the leftfield concourse walkway and over the Cap Corner.

Jermaine hit one against Boston in '06 that nearly made it to the fandeck, or at least seemed like it did...

That shot of JD's was almost identical to one that Thome hit two or three games before. Whoever came up with the distance estimated Thome's shot at 440.

Miguel Cabrera put one off the Fundamentals Deck sign that sounded like an explosion when it hit, but that was just in BP.

skottyj242
02-26-2008, 11:53 AM
I was at the game last year where (the one bright moment for him) Luis Terrero hit his bomb off a hanging curveball about 2 rows short of the LF concourse. He absolutely pissed on it.


Wasn't that against the Devil Rays the Friday before Memorial Day?

MinnySoxFan
02-26-2008, 11:59 AM
I was at that Terrero game. I was 3 sections to the left of the guy who caught it. I remember that game too because once I found my seat, I thought there was no possibility of me catching a homer 4 rows away from the concourse... :smile:

btrain929
02-26-2008, 12:03 PM
Wasn't that against the Devil Rays the Friday before Memorial Day?

Yes, if my memory serves me correctly, Joe Crede had the game winning sac fly for that game.

KenBerryGrab
02-26-2008, 12:04 PM
I seem to remember Dye hitting one to the concourse against the Royals last season in that game where both teams lead off hitters hit HRs in the first 2 innings. I was at that game.

Yes. Except it was two seasons ago.

Frontman
02-26-2008, 12:19 PM
Yes. Except it was two seasons ago.

Yeah, that was 2006.

Terrero's the one that comes to mind in recent years. Thome's 500th for a deep opposite field shot wasn't that up the seats, but going opposite field?

Long home run.

And I can't ever recall a monster PK homer.

whitesoxwilkes
02-26-2008, 12:25 PM
In '03, I was at the first game of the Sox/Giants series, Barry Bonds hit a un-Godly shot to left-center field.

Was that the night he faced Colon and struck out 3 times? I was there.

soxfan21
02-26-2008, 12:26 PM
I was also at that Terrero game and was sitting in sec. 159 when he hit that one. It was an absolute bomb. I wonder how far Swisher could hit one this year if he gets that "perfect pitch?" It will be interesting to see what he can do this year.

chisoxmike
02-26-2008, 12:32 PM
Was that the night he faced Colon and struck out 3 times? I was there.

It was the night Garland pitched.

But yeah, Colon stuck him out three times I believe the third game of that set, and in the ninth Jerry left him in and Bonds launched one.

6/12/2003

Top of the 2nd, Giants Batting, Behind 0-2, Bartolo Colon facing 4-5-6
O --- 4 B Bonds Strikeout Swinging

Top of the 4th, Giants Batting, Behind 1-4, Bartolo Colon facing 3-4-5
O --- 4 R Durham Strikeout Looking
O --- 5 B Bonds Strikeout Swinging

Top of the 6th, Giants Batting, Behind 2-4, Bartolo Colon facing 1-2-3
--- 4 M Grissom Single to RF (Ground Ball)
O 1-- 2 N Perez Groundout: SS-2B/Forceout at 2B
O 1-- 4 R Durham Groundout: 1B unassisted; Perez to 2B
O -2- 5 B Bonds Strikeout Swinging

Top of the 9th, Giants Batting, Behind 2-4, Bartolo Colon facing 3-4-5
--- 6 R Durham Single to RF (Line Drive)
RR 1-- 1 B Bonds Home Run (Line Drive to CF); Durham Scores

Sad
02-26-2008, 12:35 PM
didn't Bo Jackson have a shot too back when it first opened? :scratch:

:?:

or am I senile? :D:

Frontman
02-26-2008, 12:36 PM
Here's a naive question.

Is USCF favorable more for a left handed hitter or a right handed hitter when it comes to the long ball? Besides outfield distances to the wall, (down the lines it favors the right handed hitter, but right center is closer than left center) have they ever looked at the stats to wind direction? Which field is favored more in the warmer/cooler temperatures? Day or night?

RowanDye
02-26-2008, 12:41 PM
through 2006:

504- Joe Borchard (Brett Myers)
495- Frank Thomas (Johan Santana)
490- Eric Chavez (Gary Glover)
484- Dan Pasqua (Scott Sanderson)
475- Barry Bonds (Jon Garland)
473- Cecil Fielder (Mike Sirotka)
470- Mark McGwire (James Baldwin)
466- Frank Thomas (Bob Milacki)
461- Frank Thomas (Scott Sanderson)
460- Carl Everett (Dave Bush)

I was at a game, I think in the early '90s, when Big Frank hit the concourse. I'm not sure which one it was though. Do you have dates for any of these shots?

goon
02-26-2008, 12:43 PM
Terrero's was tagged:

http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl.jsp?w_id=573953&w=mms%3A//a1503.v108692.c10869.g.vm.akamaistream.net/7/1503/10869/v0001/mlb.download.akamai.com/10869/2007/open/tp/archive05/052507_tbacha_terrero_3rhr_tp_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2007/05/25/tbamlb-chamlb-1&mid=200705251986005&cid=mlb&fid=mlb_tp400&v=2&mType=w&urlstr=&mUrl=&type=v_free&_mp=1

I was at that game. That was the hardest hit ball I've ever seen in person.

Cat Thief
02-26-2008, 12:57 PM
Terrero's was tagged:

http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl.jsp?w_id=573953&w=mms%3A//a1503.v108692.c10869.g.vm.akamaistream.net/7/1503/10869/v0001/mlb.download.akamai.com/10869/2007/open/tp/archive05/052507_tbacha_terrero_3rhr_tp_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2007/05/25/tbamlb-chamlb-1&mid=200705251986005&cid=mlb&fid=mlb_tp400&v=2&mType=w&urlstr=&mUrl=&type=v_free&_mp=1


That's the one I was thinking of. I guess it didn't bounce on the concourse. We had a great view of that from 149.
Jeez that was 2 years ago.

doublem23
02-26-2008, 12:59 PM
I remember McGwire hitting one in '96 that bounced off the leftfield concourse walkway and over the Cap Corner.

I remember that game! My dad, uncle, and I were sitting along the first base line and you could almost hear everyone in the park say "wow" when he launched that one.

jabrch
02-26-2008, 01:01 PM
There were only about 2500 people at the Borchard game. It was a makeup for a rained out game that was moved to a day game. I was sitting in a lettered row on the 1B side and couldn't believe the bomb that LTP hit.

sox1970
02-26-2008, 01:08 PM
I was at a game, I think in the early '90s, when Big Frank hit the concourse. I'm not sure which one it was though. Do you have dates for any of these shots?

504- Joe Borchard (Brett Myers) 8/30/04
495- Frank Thomas (Johan Santana) 7/23/02
490- Eric Chavez (Gary Glover) 4/26/01
484- Dan Pasqua (Scott Sanderson) 4/27/91
475- Barry Bonds (Jon Garland) 6/10/03
473- Cecil Fielder (Mike Sirotka) 5/13/98
470- Mark McGwire (James Baldwin) 7/24/96
466- Frank Thomas (Bob Milacki) 5/16/92
461- Frank Thomas (Scott Sanderson) 5/20/95
460- Carl Everett (Dave Bush) 8/3/05

jabrch
02-26-2008, 01:17 PM
And for some reason bombs in the new park are not nearly as fun to talk about as Rooftop shots in the old yard...

rdivaldi
02-26-2008, 01:34 PM
through 2006:
473- Cecil Fielder (Mike Sirotka)


If that's the bomb Cecil hit in 1998 that hit the Terrace Suites in LF, I was there. It hit an ad sign and sounded like a gunshot.

Frontman
02-26-2008, 01:34 PM
And for some reason bombs in the new park are not nearly as fun to talk about as Rooftop shots in the old yard...

I disagree. While the rooftop shots were impressive, the bombs at USCF are in a lot of way just as impressive.

skottyj242
02-26-2008, 01:41 PM
There were only about 2500 people at the Borchard game. It was a makeup for a rained out game that was moved to a day game. I was sitting in a lettered row on the 1B side and couldn't believe the bomb that LTP hit.

It was a make up game against the Phillies I believe that every season ticket holder got a free ticket to. I was there.

Hokiesox
02-26-2008, 01:48 PM
Yes. Except it was two seasons ago.

Right, I had a baby last season. 2007 is such a blur for me.:redface:

Mr.1Dog
02-26-2008, 03:22 PM
It technically wasn't a homerun, but was anyone at the game when Thome hit a foul ball that smacked the window on the Stadium club? Some friends and I were in Section 112 and thought the ball was going to land near us but the ball flew way over us and smacked the glass? I think it might have been against Detroit...:scratch:

Law11
02-26-2008, 03:53 PM
In '03, I was at the first game of the Sox/Giants series, Barry Bonds hit a un-Godly shot to left-center field.

We all know he was juiced but BP at that game was unreal.
He hit the RF concourse about 3 times actually hitting the COMED sign and then blasted one into that one section in the RF UDeck that is even with the foul pole.

That was a hell of a game as bartolo blew him away a few times then Bonds hit that blast that won it.


I aslo saw AROD hit one onto the LF concourse near the New Era Hat shop.

thomas35forever
02-26-2008, 04:16 PM
I was at that Barry Bonds game. I remember it like it was yesterday. Once the ball made contact with the bat, the entire crowd was like "Ooh" as in "Woah." I didn't even watch where it landed. I knew it was gone and so did everyone else. That sound of the crack of the bat is probably, in the words of Jean Shepherd, "still hovering in space over Lake Michigan."

Corlose 15
02-26-2008, 04:51 PM
I remember Jim Thome absolutely smashing a Grand Slam to straight away center against the Orioles in '06. It was probably 440 something but he absolutely destroyed it.


The hardest ball I've ever seen hit in person though was by Frank in Detroit in around 98 or 99. Tiger Stadium, the Sox have blown a big lead and are down like 3 runs and he absolutely MURDERS a solo shot a little right of straight away center into the bleachers.:shocked:

It was a straight line shot that smashed off about halfway up the bleachers, it seemed like it went 700 some feet and would've kept going if the bleachers hadn't got in the way.

Frontman
02-26-2008, 04:54 PM
Might not of been the hardest hit, or the longest home run I saw in person, but I remember one time at the ol' ballpark seeing a home run blast richoet up in the rafters on the second level. For the life of me, I want to say it was Luzinski who hit it; but that ball was just a rocket shot up, and would of cleared the park entirely had there been no roof out there.

Brian26
02-26-2008, 07:09 PM
In the summer of 2000, A-Rod hit a ball with Seattle that landed on the concourse down the LF line, took one bounce and then ricocheted off the back wall near the hat corner.

Dan Mega
02-26-2008, 07:22 PM
I saw the Chavez shot in person. Man was that ball freaking killed. I don't think I've seen someone hit a baseball harder than that live.

chisox77
02-26-2008, 07:49 PM
This may not have been the longest or hardest homerun ever hit (certainly not for FT), but in 2005, the Friday afternoon home game against the Cubs (where the White Sox won, 12-2), Frank Thomas blasted a first inning three run shot that went high up into the LF seating area, seemingly miles above the bullpen.

But the thing I remember most was the clear, crisp, loud, and precise sound of the bat once Frank hit it. Everyone in the park immediately stood up once Frank hit the ball, and just as quickly, I saw a bunch of Cub fans throw their hands and arms up and down in disgust, in a surrendering gesture, because they just knew that ball was crushed, and so was their team.

Priceless!!!


:cool:

BeefyD
02-26-2008, 07:50 PM
I was at the Bonds game. Exactly as Thomas35Forever said, the place went silent and just stared at that thing. I heard it burned up in re-entry. :D:

Viva Medias B's
02-26-2008, 08:44 PM
It was the night Garland pitched.

But yeah, Colon stuck him out three times I believe the third game of that set, and in the ninth Jerry left him in and Bonds launched one.

6/12/2003

Top of the 2nd, Giants Batting, Behind 0-2, Bartolo Colon facing 4-5-6
O --- 4 B Bonds Strikeout Swinging

Top of the 4th, Giants Batting, Behind 1-4, Bartolo Colon facing 3-4-5
O --- 4 R Durham Strikeout Looking
O --- 5 B Bonds Strikeout Swinging

Top of the 6th, Giants Batting, Behind 2-4, Bartolo Colon facing 1-2-3
--- 4 M Grissom Single to RF (Ground Ball)
O 1-- 2 N Perez Groundout: SS-2B/Forceout at 2B
O 1-- 4 R Durham Groundout: 1B unassisted; Perez to 2B
O -2- 5 B Bonds Strikeout Swinging

Top of the 9th, Giants Batting, Behind 2-4, Bartolo Colon facing 3-4-5
--- 6 R Durham Single to RF (Line Drive)
RR 1-- 1 B Bonds Home Run (Line Drive to CF); Durham Scores

I remember the WSI postgame thread from that night. It was one of the biggest arguments ever between those who think JM should have left Colon in versus those who think JM should have taken Colon out.

thedudeabides
02-26-2008, 09:02 PM
504- Joe Borchard (Brett Myers) 8/30/04
495- Frank Thomas (Johan Santana) 7/23/02
490- Eric Chavez (Gary Glover) 4/26/01
484- Dan Pasqua (Scott Sanderson) 4/27/91
475- Barry Bonds (Jon Garland) 6/10/03
473- Cecil Fielder (Mike Sirotka) 5/13/98
470- Mark McGwire (James Baldwin) 7/24/96
466- Frank Thomas (Bob Milacki) 5/16/92
461- Frank Thomas (Scott Sanderson) 5/20/95
460- Carl Everett (Dave Bush) 8/3/05

I was in the right field stands for Pasqua's. I think it was the first concourse shot and the longest at the time. From where we were sitting I never thought it was going to land.

Frontman
02-26-2008, 10:06 PM
One that friends of mine who aren't in Chicago or Sox fans still joke about is Thome's first in a Sox uniform; opening night 2006.

In our fantasy baseball league, they'd joke when we'd be chatting about baseball:

"Hey Front, did that homer Thome hit ever land?"

That ball wasn't deep, but man; he certainly crushed the hell out of it, through the rain.

mrwag
02-27-2008, 08:14 AM
I was in the right field stands for Pasqua's. I think it was the first concourse shot and the longest at the time. From where we were sitting I never thought it was going to land.

I could be wrong, as that was a long time ago, but I swear that ball hit the billboard in right field. At that time it was a Winston sign.

35th&Shields
02-27-2008, 01:09 PM
through 2006:

495- Frank Thomas (Johan Santana)
460- Carl Everett (Dave Bush)

I was lucky enough to be at Comiskey for these two. I was sitting in the right field bleachers when Frank's blast went just left of center field. I had never seen a ball travel that far, that fast. Unfortunately I was with my girlfriend who had zero idea just how far that was for a blast. She thought I was exaggerating that it was so far until they put on the scoreboard that it was nearly 500 feet. I think at the time it was the longest shot ever at Comiskey. I remember Carl's jack as well, more for the distance than anything else. If I'm not mistaken it was to right field? Anyone remember?

cubhater
02-27-2008, 06:47 PM
I aslo saw AROD hit one onto the LF concourse near the New Era Hat shop.

I'm surprised nobody mentioned this shot yet.

I went up to the concourse for a smoke and left my glove with a friend. I didn't move a step when the ball came at me. The ball hit me sqare in the hands but I couldn't catch it and someone behind me caught it on the rebound.

It was the last time I went to the concourse without my glove.:redface:

mccombe_35
03-02-2008, 03:04 PM
I was at the Bonds game. Exactly as Thomas35Forever said, the place went silent and just stared at that thing. I heard it burned up in re-entry. :D:

I too was at the Bonds game. Longest HR I've ever seen live in the hundreds of games I've seen at the Cell. That ball, like some of Frank's HRs, just kept going when most HRs would start to head back to Earth.


Also saw Aubrey Huff of all people put one onto the concourse in RF during BP.

Shoeless_Jim
03-02-2008, 08:02 PM
through 2006:

504- Joe Borchard (Brett Myers)
495- Frank Thomas (Johan Santana)
490- Eric Chavez (Gary Glover)
484- Dan Pasqua (Scott Sanderson)
475- Barry Bonds (Jon Garland)
473- Cecil Fielder (Mike Sirotka)
470- Mark McGwire (James Baldwin)
466- Frank Thomas (Bob Milacki)
461- Frank Thomas (Scott Sanderson)
460- Carl Everett (Dave Bush)


i like the frank one because it is off of Santana who by the way had a great first outing for the mets!!:D:

Shoeless_Jim
03-02-2008, 08:08 PM
Yes, if my memory serves me correctly, Joe Crede had the game winning sac fly for that game.

yep, guch scored.