I almost forgot to mention this, which would have been a shame since it is pretty damn cool. Pitcher home runs aren’t rare, but they still don’t happen very often. Take the bomb that Cole Hamels hit off of Matt Cain on Saturday. Despite being pretty good at the plate, this was Cole’s first career homer. By his trot around the bases, you’d think he’s a regular Ryan Howard. If you missed it, the video is here (MLB is stupid and won’t allow embedding).

I’ve been to quite a few baseball games, and not counting MiLB, I’m pretty sure the only pitcher bomb I’ve witnessed is the one from Cliff Lee in Los Angeles last year. And speaking of Phillies pitcher bombs in LA, the first one I remember seeing on TV was from Dennis Cook, off of Fernando Valenzuela, a day after my birthday, in 1990.


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