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I normally don’t make a big deal out of only one hit, but the one hit Kyle Schwarber recorded Friday night to walk off the game and give the Washington Nationals a 1-0 win is going to end up somewhere in Nationals folklore as the longest distance a baseball has ever travelled in the most powerful city in the world.
Don’t get me wrong, that ball was smashed. It looked like the scene from the movie Bull Durham, where Nuke LaLoosh tells Crash Davis "he hit that like he knew it was coming" and Crash tells him "he did. I told him." When Bob Uecker in the movie Major League talked about a ball being crushed toward South America, he was talking about the ball Schwarber hit.
But it was the timing, the game situation, and the noticeably loud crack of the bat - that made you know instantly the game was over - that will make the homer so memorable. Bob Carpenter probably had to change his signature home run call to “There It Goes. Game Winner. See. You. When It Comes Down” the ball went so far.
The ball bounced off the concourse over right field, and probably needs to be marked with one of those circular medallions they place on Eutaw Street over at Camden Yards when someone crushes a long home run. It apparently bounced near the Shake Shack, so those guys need to name a burger after Schwarber. A SMASHburger.
The home run was measured at 463 feet and traveled at a speed of 112 miles per hour, but you know in a few years, all this will be exaggerated and people will tell the story of the home run Kyle Schwarber hit that bounced off the White House. And although 8,000 in attendance made the sound of 40,000 fans, over 500,000 will one day say they specifically remember being there that night.
So yeah, I don’t usually write about one hit. But one that years from now 500,000 people will say bounced off the White House? Heck yeah I’m writing about it 😊