Look, we’re well aware that the “Statcast Era” only stretches back to 2015, when MLB introduced new technology to accurately measure things like launch angle and exit velocity and catch percentage and a whole host of other geeky baseball numbers. The sample size may be small compared to the entire history of professional baseball, but Trevor Story just smacked the hell out of a baseball and broke the Statcast record for longest home run ever hit.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, having already mashed a solid dinger in his first at bat that travelled 459-feet, the Rockies short stop walloped an Andrew Suarez offering into the Coors Field parking lot.
Five. Hundred. And. Five. Feet.
Haters were quick to shout “BUT COORS!”, but you should ignore those idiots. Trevor Story clobbered that baseball so far that it was picked up by a parking lot security guard.
Story's HR did indeed end up in the parking lot. A security guard who declined to be named or interviewed found the ball about midway into the lot. It's the only HR I can EVER recall actually leaving the building at Coors Field. pic.twitter.com/PFjvg1A45p
— BSN Rockies (@BSNRockies) September 6, 2018
His teammates were impressed — and also worried about their expensive cars.
“As soon as it came off the bat, I said, ‘Oh man, that’s going to hit the scoreboard and it’s going to go straight to my Lamborghini in the parking lot,’” Carlos Gonzalez said.
The Rockies beat the Giants 5-3 (oh, and Story would hit a third home run in the sixth inning) and now have a 1.5 game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West and are two games up on the Diamondbacks. As baseballs closest division race goes down to the wire, every win counts. The Rockies are currently in control, and could very well stay there if Story keeps smacking the cover off of innocent baseballs.