Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
That read like a drunk text with decent spelling.
That being said, we have Infante next year too.
Not full drunk but buzzed enough to not care if I got negged. Pissed because I could not find it. Googled "infante to tigers" and read ESPN and Yahoo articles. Did not say. Also, posting from Galaxy III so formatting and paragraphs suck.
Infante isn't a free agent until 2014.
The guy is clutch. Watched him play for the Braves before the trade to the Marlins. Proabably the best utility player in the game.
> glares at bisb <
Who, Me? What'd I do? When did I become the mean lunch lady?
But more to the point, by my math Prince and Miggy hit three balls totaling about a quarter of a mile. Jeebus they're good at baseballing.
Shot was insane but his game winner above the Belle Tire sign I'd argue was even more impressive. That thing came down with frost on it.
Had we still been playing in Tiger Stadium, Fielder's first cannon shot would have landed in the upper deck of the center field bleachers.
The second bomb never came down. It burned up upon re-entry into the atmosphere.
That first one made it all the way to the standing room only seats in the corner in right center, where the fence is at 420 feet plus a few extra because its in the corner. That platform is probably 20-30 feet off the ground, too. While the second one traveled pretty far beyond the fence, right field next to the foul pole is only 330 feet. I would wager one internet dollar that his first homer was 30+ feet farther than the 2nd.
Both monster shots though.
EDIT: According to ESPN's Home Run Tracker website... Prince's first one was 462 feet, versus 409 feet for the one in right. The elevation angle for the 2nd one was much higher though, and when you combine it with the much shorter fence it gives the illusion that the 2nd was more impressive. Baseball nerds, I dare you to go to this website and not spend hours on end there. Charts below.
EDIT AGAIN: After re-reading your post you probably were commenting more on the height of the home run than the distance, but meh, I still love these charts.
Infante never willingly left the Tigers in his first go around with us, and would probably have been here the entire time had we not traded him for Jacque Jones. That being said, I think his contract is until 2014, but I have to imagine he will be here longer than that. He's no mercenary for us, he's a true Tiger.
I liked Omar a lot when he was in Atlanta. Good pick up (again?) for the el Tigres. Speaking of the Braves, good game going in Atlanta with the Dodgers in town. Bottom of the 11th as we speak. Booo this man, cuz I'm a Braves fan
Don't know if you frequent any Braves blogs, but at least on the one I go to, they are obsessed with trying to get Infante back, Probably because the Uggla extension isn't working out too well.
Interesting! I actually don't really. I read the Capital Avenue Club but that's about it. I'd like to start (it just seems this particular blog I'm on now takes up a lot my web browsing). I enjoy in depth baseball analysis; it's different than football, much more Front Office oriented, etc. I'll have to get some suggestions from you on where to frequent for some good reading.
But yea, again, as far as Infante, I've never heard mention from fans et. al. the desire to have him back. What's your opinion on Uggla?! I can't sit here and say he's been a sure success but, I dunno, something about his presence on this team I enjoy. It's for sure not the slumps he's proven he goes through, though I think he's turned the corner this year, as his at-bats are much better than a month ago/3 weeks ago. Again, I dunno for sure how I feel 100 percent. Would the Braves be a better team if Infante was man-ing 2nd base?!
I like Infante though; he's a Prado-type player. Just flat out good in all areas, not spectacular, but fundamentally good and fun to watch on a daily basis.
I usually go between Capitol Avenue Club and Talking Chop(the blog I was referencing). I've certainly been spoiled with the quality of blogs after spending so much time on mgoblog, but it's decent IMHO.
My concern with Uggla is that if his power production drops as he gets older, then he becomes an albatross both in terms of salary and production (really bad defense and not fantastic OBP). Intereesting if you look at their respective WAR numbers it's not a huge difference (Infante at 2.8 and Uggla at 2.5) so you could argue the Braves would have been better off keeping Infante and spending the money somewhere else. Still I think it was the right move as when you're a middle market team like the Braves, when you can get a 30 HR+ a year type guy and you have a piece who you can sell high with, you have to pull the trigger.
Got a text that Prince hit a big HR to clich the game from a friend while I'm at the Rockies game in Colorado. Verlanders box score doesn't look like typical JV tonight. That said Go Tigers, and Go Rockies.
As an orioles fan screw the umps, im not saying we would have won and fielder had a great game but seriously if buck and reynolds dont get thrown out on that bullshit call at first base and markakis is ruled safe at home in the 1st its a completely different game. I hate when the umps have an obvious impact on the outcome of a game
Markakis still ain't touched the plate. And the bullshit call at first was wiped out on a CS. So unless you think that Reynolds (a guy hitting .218) and Buck Showalter were worth more than two runs combined, I don't think you can blame the umps here.
Man you guys are touchy I never said the orioles would have won im saying it impacted the game. And yeah reynolds is hitting .218 but he has three hrs in the last 5 games and is hiting over .300 in the month of august plus buck probably has pedro strop pitch especially if the orioles had the lead which they would have if markakis was called safe (and i think he got the plate so a difference of opinion i guess) the 8th not jc romero. I never said the orioles would have won but the game would hae been different.
two home runs impacted the game as well . :)
second homerun ends up on the roof or the 3rd deck of the Old Tiger Stadium. That was a moonball.
Just watching on TV that place was jumpin' last night. The Fielder shot to center was just incredible. He had everything he's got into that swing. It actually made it over the rail on the walkway that goes behind the fountain, but hit somebody's dome and fell into the shrubbery. But the second one must have been visually awesome to see live in the park. Total moon shot. The crowd went ooh-aahh like at a fireworks show.
I've googled my ass off.
I'm sure that was 10 seconds of back-breaking labor.