Trevor Story homered while falling down as part of a 1,380-foot, three-dinger day
Bad things tend to happen when you lose your balance while swinging a bat. Usually, you'll just badly miss the pitch. Maybe if you're lucky, you'll make weak contact. If you're
That's what happened when Story and the Rockies took down the Giants on Wednesday night, 5-3. In the first inning,
Even though Story ended up sitting on home plate, the ball sailed over the left-field bleachers and onto the Coors Field concourse. That kind of power can only be described as ludicrous.
Story is actually the second hitter in less than a month to fall while hitting a homer --
Clearly, the sluggers still need lessons in balance from the true masters of this art:
Story had to admit that he thought of Beltre when he fell to the ground on his homer. "That first one was a little bit different," Story said to MLB.com's Owen Perkins. "I've never fallen down like that. On a swing-and-miss for sure. It was a two-strike count and I wasn't really trying to hit a home run. I was just trying to hit something hard.
"I guess it was cool, because Beltre was one of my guys growing up, and that was definitely his thing. Mine definitely wasn't as smooth. I pretty much fell on my face. That was special."
Study up, boys.
Of course, Story's ability to hit a ball 459 feet while stumbling to his feet does beg the question: What happens when he makes similar contact and doesn't fall down? Well, he offered a resounding answer to that in the bottom of the fourth with a truly titanic shot:
Yes, you read that correctly -- Story's 30th long ball of the season went 505 feet, setting a new Statcast record. He later crushed a 416-foot shot for his third homer of the game, giving him 1,380 feet of dingers on the day.
Those absolutely qualify as eye-popping numbers.