Earlier today, Nelson Cruz hit a baseball about as far as any of us have ever seen a baseball hit in our natural lives. He was sitting dead red on a 3-0 fastball from Bobby Cassevah, he got his pitch up in the zone, and he satiated our innermost desire for a monster home run by clobbering said fastball nearly a tenth of a mile into the California afternoon sky, parking it around the flag poles 484 feet away in left-center field:
You probably already heard something about it being the longest homer hit at Angels Stadium since Hit Tracker Online began tracking long balls in 2006, about it being the longest homer hit in baseball this season, about it being one of the 10-15 longest homers in all of Major League Baseball in the last 6-7 years, and so forth ... but the other interesting thing about this homer is that its reported distance of 484 feet is just one foot shy of Josh Hamilton's 485-foot blast at the Ballpark a couple of years ago, which ultimately led to the Rangers finding a UTA physics professor who could verifiably put the distance at 490 feet, which allowed the team to further distance itself from Jose Canseco and his old Ballpark home run distance record. How delightfully convenient.
In any event ... with such a narrow margin on the estimates, it is entirely possible that this Cruz homer actually traveled farther than the record-setting Hamilton homer, and that Cruz is actually the new king of the current Rangers homer distance club.
Have you ever thought about it?