Serious question: is it an upset that Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton hit his first career home run and it was not of the inside the park variety?
Hamilton had 13 home runs over the course of his time in the minor leagues. The concern with Hamilton generally speaking is that he will not hit enough to make teams pay with his unbelievable speed. Yet there he was facing Jeff Samardzija Tuesday night, an ace pitcher no less, and running into one that left the yard.
In case there was any doubt how unlikely such a home run seemed, here’s a quick poll of baseball guys on Twitter:
Not sure Billy Hamilton’s ever hit a ball that far #Reds. 2-2
— ctrent (@ctrent) April 30, 2014
Billy Hamilton Home Run @cantpredictball.
— David Cameron (@DCameronFG) April 30, 2014
BILLY HAMILTON HOME RUN!?!??!?!?!?!?
— Joe Lucia (@Joe_TOC) April 30, 2014
I think my favorite part was the fact that Hamilton’s home run trot was faster than a good number of guys can run full speed.