Miguel Sano sends a baseball where none have gone before: off the Tropicana Field roof
Tropicana Field is known for its unique ground rules -- especially those pertaining to the catwalks, which can befuddle infielders and turn deep fly balls into homers that never come down. Sometimes, fielders stick with the play and catch challenging ricochets, too.
In Sunday's Twins-Rays game, something happened that had not yet happened before in the history of the Trop:
Miguel Sano just hit the roof of the Trop.— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 7, 2016
Not a catwalk—the actual roof.
His fly out is the first ball to hit the roof in Trop history.
He kept with it and made the play to retire Sano:
Twins manager Paul Molitor had this to say to MLB.com's Sam Blum after the game about Sano's exploits:
"I think it would've hit the roof if it was 30 feet higher. It didn't just graze it. He got the catwalk last year, he got the roof this year."
Sano, it must be pointed out, already played pepper with the catwalks last season, so he is now basically the undisputed king of the Trop's ground rules after unlocking this latest achievement.