Goldschmidt's epic blast still reverberating
PHOENIX -- One day later, the D-backs clubhouse was still buzzing about the 470-foot home run that first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit off the scoreboard in center field.
"That's probably the farthest I've ever seen one hit to dead center," veteran shortstop Cliff Pennington said.
It was an impressive blast to be sure, but it apparently was not the most impressive of Goldschmidt's professional career. That honor belongs to one he hit one night in Birmingham, Ala., in 2011, when Goldschmidt was playing for Double-A Mobile.
"The one he hit in 2011 in Birmingham makes last night's look like a wall-scrapper," said pitcher Wade Miley. "I was in the stands charting pitches that night and it was just like a rocket. We lost it in the night. It just went over the speakers they had way up in center field."
Outfielder A.J. Pollock, a teammate of Goldschmidt's in Mobile, remembers it well.
"It was just a blast, dude," Pollock said.
It just so happens that D-backs general manager Kevin Towers and his special assistant Mike Fetters were in the stands that night in Birmingham.
"It disappeared," Fetters said. "I couldn't even tell you how far it went, because it disappeared. It's one that I won't forget. It was a wow. To me, it was hit further and harder than he hit last night. The one he hit last night was gigantic. The one he hit in Birmingham was titanic. It was crazy."
Of course, there was one person in the clubhouse that was not overly impressed with it.
"I haven't gone back and looked at it," Goldschmidt said. "We've got a game to get ready for tonight."