Willson Contreras hit one of the highest home runs of the year and could only drop his bat in awe
"Launch angle" has been the secret code word in baseball this year, as batters learned that the best way to hit dingers was -- not so surprisingly -- to get under the ball. Still, the goal is some slight loft on the ball. What
Just look at how high everyone had to stare when the ball came off the bat. The umpire couldn't help but admire. And one fan even looked directly into the sun:
Gonzalez seems determined to ignore the flight of the ball. "This is definitely going to drop into someone's glove," he is surely trying to convince himself. "There's no way it's continuing to soar." But it did.
That 45-degree launch angle was the highest for a home run hit by a Cubs player since Statcast burst into being in 2015. It topped
If you're wondering what that looks like, you're in luck. Notice how the left fielder doesn't immediately move backward as, usually, this type of ball won't have the distance to clear the fence: