Friday, October 18, 2013

Nobody homers like Mike Napoli homers (with an assist from Monty Python)

Despite the Red Sox tension-filled 4-3 victory in Detroit last night (which sends them back home to Fenway with a 3-2 ALCS lead), my intention was to write about something non-sports this morning.  I usually try to vary my topics from day to day, and I've only had one post in the past week that falls under the "other stuff I care about" category.  However, while searching through my ongoing list of blog ideas, I stumbled across a draft I started back on May 1st called "Napoli home runs."

In a 10-1 victory over the Blue Jays that day, Mike Napoli became the first MLB player in 8 years to hit two home runs of 460 feet or longer in the same game.  The blast he hit last night was 460 feet on the button, a monster shot to dead center field that landed in the second level of shrubberies at Comerica Park.  Hearing the Sportscenter anchor describe it this way while calling the highlight brought to mind this great scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

"Another shrubbery!"

And I didn't even remember "you must place it here besides this shrubbery, only slightly higher so it gets a two level effect..."  Perfect.

Here's the highlights including Napoli's bomb, just in case you missed it:


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