Even though they humidify the game balls used at Coors Field, and the air in Denver no doubt was heavier on a rainy Sunday afternoon, the mile-high altitude still yields some comically impressive home runs.
The most recent example: A 472-foot blast Hanley Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers hit in the sixth inning against left-hander Jorge De La Rosa of the Colorado Rockies that flew over the grandstand in left and, apparently bounced its way through a ballpark exit and onto the street. Dodgers broadcaster Charley Steiner wasn't exaggerating much when he speculated it could have gone 500 feet. The solo shot gave L.A. a two-run lead and they won 6-1 in a rain-shortened game.
Ramirez's was the fourth-longest in MLB this season, as listed by ESPN's Home Run Tracker, but it might be the most impressive looking home run of the year so far. This was the reaction by Dodgers beat reporter Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:
Whoa. Hanley Ramirez just destroyed that ball. Solo home run. Dodgers up, 3-1, in top of the sixth.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) June 8, 2014
You just don't get many "Whoa's" out of Dylan. And yet, Ramirez's homer is still short of the longest in Coors history, 496 feet, which came by way of Mike Piazza in 1997 and Matt Holliday in 2006. Andres Galarraga hit a 529-foot homer for the Rockies club record, but that was at Miami.
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