The above image, concocted quickly this morning via the great Hittracker and some photoshop skillz, shows an overlay of the path of Adrian Gonzalez’ majestic home run last night on Petco’s architecture. When he hit it I was curious to know if it would have been a dinger in his old park. Hittracker tells us that it would have been a round-tripper in every park in the league, and you can see that Petco couldn’t have contained it either – the yellow line is Petco’s right field wall, the hard black line is Fenway’s bullpen wall. Nothing was holding in that shot.
Another thought from last night: one can see why scouts and other baseball people are enamored with Jarrod Saltalamacchia. His swing is natural, elegant, a thing of some beauty. Last night he ripped an opposite field double deep to the monster, and that hit was pure seduction. That double could be a case of blind squirrels, nuts, and all that. He may have a swing with no adaptability. He may have a terrible eye and limited pitch recognition. He may simply make far too little contact to be effective at the major league level, in the long term. But watching that hit you realize why people might get fooled: he looked, for a brief moment, like a pure, world-class hitter.