Go yard, young man

When I’m watching a game and step away from my computer just for a minute, something always brings me right back. And it’s not just the crack of the bat. It’s that special sound of wood against horsehide where you know the guy got all of it. You know he went yard.

In other words, chicks aren’t the only people who dig the long ball — bloggers named October Gonzo love it, too. And right now I’m especially fired up because so many exciting young players are coming of age and putting up monster homer numbers. You know that summer slugging will turn into October drama.

My man David Wright in New York has hit some seriously dramatic homers for the Mets, who have had their issues but are back on top.

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Who doesn’t like watching Hanley Ramirez rake in South Florida?

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Who could have predicted that Ryan Ludwick would be front and center in the hunt for the Major League homer lead?

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And there are a lot more.

Milwaukee teammates Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, Braves catcher Brian McCann, Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, D-backs outfielder Adam Dunn, White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin … seems like someone new pops up every day.

That’s what October is all about.

O.G.

1 Comment

Hey Gonzo! Major League Ballhawk here and I definitely love the LONG BALL!! Back as a kid growing up there was a banner always displayed in the Comiskey Park bleachers that said “OOOOOH FOR THE LONG ONE!” That is definitely my thought for sure as I am the guy in the outfield hoping to catch that Home Run Ball!

In fact I have caught 99 game home runs over my 31 years of Ballhawking. Some of the better I have run down include Sammy Sosa’s 61st in 1998, Derek Jeter’s Home Run in Game 3 of the 2003 ALCS in Boston, Bob Boone’s 100th career home run, Dave Winfield’s 450th home run, Kevin Mitchell’s 1989 playoff home run at Wrigley, Dante Bichette’s 1st major league HR and my favorite hit by a family friend …. Ron Kittle’s 7th rooftop home run hit in the last season of Old Comiskey Park. It turned out to be the last roof top home run ever hit at the old yard. It was almost the 2nd to last hit there as twins slugger Gary Gaetti missed a roofer by about 2 feet later in the season!

Check out my MLBlog at http://ballhawk.mlblogs.com and read more about my 2008 BALLHAWKING exploits! I even offer fans the chance to go to a game with me and I GUARANTEE that they will get a baseball!

John
Major League Ballhawk
http://ballhawk.mlblogs.com
http://mlballhawk.com

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