Your one stop shop for all of the Pedro Alvarez homeruns. El Toro added another homer last night as the Bucs went deep twice off Atlanta, but lost 3-2. Alvarez’s bomb last night was a laser that traveled nearly 360 feeet in the blink of an eye. Lesson? Don’t blink when Alvarez is at the plate.
Let’s review the season thus far and continue down the post for the latest bomb. El Toro’s 2013 homerun tracker.
APR 18: Pedro Alvarez crushed a no doubter off Julio Teheran that finally landed yesterday. Video of the estimated 454 foot no doubter.
APR 19: Pedro Alvarez hit his second no doubter of the season off Atlanta’s Tim Hudson. It was a towering shot that reached 125 feet at its apex and traveled 405 feet. Video Link
A Pedro Alvarez home run is unique. Perhaps it’s the potential the man – usually referred to as El Toro or Petey – brings to the Pittsburgh Pirates which piques our interest. It’s that potential that we heard so much about as the Big Bull was coming through the minors.
But Alvarez was rushed a bit during a season in which the team looked, quite simply, awful. Pedro’s promotion would sell some tickets was how we viewed it–maybe give the fans something to be positive about for the future. The fans expected so much more. It was almost as if Alvarez was expected to pop his pecs and instantly end the Pirates ignominy.
The first round pick out of Vanderbilt has a knack for cracking the bat with such power that it reminds us of some Pirates sluggers past. It’s a gift. This powerful gift is why he is so unique to the Pirates lineup. Nobody wearing black and yellow has the ability to change the game so quickly. A few Buccos have power, but none have Pedro Power.
Just as no two snowflakes are alike, nobody is like Pedro. That’s a rather basic statement – one we learn in grade school – but just like our grade school teacher told us, nobody controls that potential except Pedro.
Once again this year, it’s our goal to photoshop every glorious Pedro Bomb. In this post we got some great help with the GIFs which were created by Davidson Teacher. [Follow him on Twitter by clicking that link.]
Here is the bigger GIF of the second homer.
APR 22: Pedro Alvarez crushed an 83 mph softie from rookie Jonathan Pettibone 406 feet at Philadelphia. The laser shot had an average speed off the bat of 107mph. Here is the Video Link