The sound from Pedro Alvarez‘s bat last night at PNC Park electrified the warm April night. His first homer of the 2013 season was one that has been long awaited after El Toro spoiled us all with 30 bombs in 2012. (All of those bombs that have now been long forgotten.)
As we’ve always said - when Pedro Alvarez goes deep, we get a little bit more excited about the season. We believe again.
“It was a pitch I was able to put a good swing on.” Pedro Alvarez
Coming into the year, just like last season, everyone knew Pedro Alvarez would be the X factor and the ultimate key to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ season.
Oh, that sound of the bat last night….Pedro Alvarez. Keep hating him. Please, keep hating on him.
Anyway, here you go – once again, our favorite post, the one we love more than most any– we take a look at Pedro bombs. We will start with the first five …no, let’s do first six from last season.
8APR: The first homer came off Phillies right hander Vance Worley in the fifth inning of the opening series in Pittsburgh. The towering blast traveled a true distance of 403 feet. The majestic bomb had an apex of 117 feet.
25APR: This bomb tied up the game with the Rockies. Pedro crushed it 393 feet at a speed of 108.7 mph off his bat.
25APR: Pedro’s fourth bomb was of the Gong Show variety, as it nearly brought down the right field foul pole at PNC Park when he crushed a seventh inning pitch from Juan Nicasio. The missile never got higher than 58 feet from the ground. Listen to this blast
So there you have them from 2012.
Now let’s focus on 2013. El Toro’s 2013 homerun tracker.
Video of the estimated 448 foot bomb.