Pedro Alvarez Home Runs Create Photoshop Magic
By Tom Smith
Alvarez hit his first homerun of the 2013 season tonight for the Pittsburgh Pirates
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.
18APR: The second homer came off Daniel Hudson in Arizona. Alvarez hit the ball 380 feet into the Chase Field stands to tie the game at one a piece.
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
30APR: Pedro welcomed southpaw Mike Minor into his home run club when he crushed his fifth blast of the year 412 feet into the Atlanta sunshine, breaking a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning.
1MAY: Adam Wainwright served up this 416 foot monster at Busch Stadium. There is no word on injuries caused by the blast.
3MAY: Pedro ripped his seventh of the season off Jake Westbrook of the Cardinals. The standard distance had this two-run, go ahead bomb at 410 feet. Video.
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.