Hank Conger Gets Clipped By A Sniper
This is Mark Trumbo’s solo bomb off of Dan Straily yesterday.
The pitch: A belt-high, middle-in, 91 mph, four-seam fastball.
The swing: Perfect. Nice quiet load, gets the front foot down and just unloads the hips and hands. His right hand goes at that baseball like he’s trying to punch it in the mouth. It’s a beautiful thing, and it’s just ridiculous, ridiculous power.
The velocity off the bat: 120.1 mph
absolutely SWEET MOTHER OF F–
That’s the highest velocity of a home run this season by almost 3 mph, and the highest velocity since noted Destroyer Of Baseballs™ Giancarlo Stanton hit an absolute laser (off a guy who’s probably as old as your dad) and exploded the scoreboard in that acid flashback of a stadium in Miami last season.
The elevation angle: 20.6˚
True distance: 475 feet
The verdict: I’m not really sure you can hit a ball any harder than that ball is hit. After Trumbo murdered Straily’s offering, I spent a solid ten minutes watching the blast over and over, laughing maniacally, staring at my TV and basically doing this …
The 2013 Angels in GIF form.
This is Mark Trumbo’s walkoff bomb off of Phil Coke yesterday.
The pitch: An 84 mph, cockshot of a 3-1 changeup (the fourth of the AB) from a guy who looks like this.
The swing: Gorgeous. He stays back perfectly on Coke’s cambio and clobbers it. Excellent load, balance and torque. And that extension … whoa, that extension. Just beautiful.
The velocity off the bat: 106.8 mph
The elevation angle: 32.7º
The distance: 425 feet
The verdict: That ball is absolutely crushed, and seeing as Mr. Trumbo is a “Friend of the PRODcast”, we’d like to think that we had something to do with this. That perhaps our offseason conversations somehow loaded him with karma a la Jim Rome and his Jungle guests. But that’s not the case at all. It has everything to do with Mark being a smart, patient and freakishly strong hitter whose timing is totally dialed in right now.
If you were watching the Reds vs. Angels game this afternoon, you might have noticed that Chris Heisey hit a two-run homerun off of Joe Blanton.
What you might not have noticed, was that Heisey’s homerun ball ended up dotting an unsuspecting bespectacled gentleman right in between the eyes.
This is innocence, bewilderment and pain, encapsulated in a two-second GIF that will repeat for eternity (if you allow it to).
THE BEES!!! THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!!!