Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez had a big day in New York on Mother’s Day and then crushed a bomb on Father’s Day. Pedro’s Dad has had quite a year watching his son destroy big league pitching this season.
Alvarez has fifteen homers in 2013. Let’s take a closer look at each one.
El Toro’s 2013 homerun tracker.
Pedro Alvarez second homer of the 2013 Season. The GIF
A Pedro Alvarez home run is so damn unique. Power is what defines Alvarez.
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 players 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.
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.
Pedro Alvarez GIF
Pedro Alvarez homers in Philly, gone in 1.5 seconds
MAY1: The towering shot, 118 feet at its’ apex, tied the game at one in the second inning. It came off an 82 mile per hour Hiram Burgos delivery and traveled 412 feet coming off the bat at 102.5 mph. Video More details on the ESPN tracker.
May 9: Alvarez crushed Latroy Hawkins changeup to tie the game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. The 433 foot bomb was smoked off the bat at a season best 108.7 mph. Video
MAY 17 A little over a week after his last bomb, Alvarez connected on a two-run blast that bounced into the river. It tied the game with Houston at four and the Bucs came back to walk off the Astros in the bottom of the ninth.
Pedro Alvarez hit number seven of the season a long way. Video
Here is the landing spot of Pedro’s seventh bomb.
MAY 19 Do you notice a pattern yet? For the third time in 2013, Alvarez has hit a bomb in back-to-back games.
Pedro Alvarez hit his eighth homer of the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Another key situation, another Pedro Alvarez home run. The Bucs and Astros were locked in a scoreless tie at PNC Park. Obviously, the key words in that sentence are ‘were locked.’
A laser of the bat of Alvarez tucked inside the left-field foul pole for the 58th homer of his career. Video
Alvarez is now in fifth-place all time among Pirates third basemen.
Alvarez had his seventh career multi-hit home run day. It was his third against the Brewers. Both home runs were well, ridiculous.
The first was a rocket. Just an absolute rocket. Video
433 feet. Partiers in Milwaukee might want to walk carefully, we aren’t sure this one has landed yet. Video
Pedro Alvarez homerun number 10 on the season at Miller Park
Another daylight homer for Pedro Alvarez.
Mike Minor was a teammate of Alvarez at Vanderbilt. Minor doesn’t respect the #ElToroPower. And he pays. The southpaw threw one too many fastballs in this at-bat.
El Toro crushes a 400-foot bomb to give the Pirates a 4-2 lead in Atlanta. Video
Mike Minor had a thought afterward…
Some Chicago Cubs fans were having a good time on the skyboxes on Sheffield Street. The only mistake they made was turning their back when Pedro Alvarez was at the plate. Video
Never turn your back when Pedro Alvarez is at the plate!
El Toro crushed this one 405 feet and it came off the bat at 109 miles per hour. The Big Bull didn’t come close to getting all of this one. Watch the video…it was his sixth homer during the 22 day games the Bucs have played this season.
"“That was a bomb."
Here is the Video
We had a unique perspective from behind home plate. Check out the Giants first baseman’s reaction. He doesn’t even move, he realizes it’s mashed.
Fathers Day June 16
With the score tied against Zack Greinke and the L.A. Dodgers, El Toro gave his Father a present. Yardwork. Be sure to watch the three-run blast that brought the Dodgers right-hander to his knees. Video