Wily Mo Pena Goes Crank-a-Doodle-Doo

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That was Wily Mo Pena‘s second homer of the game, and it was a doozy. The stadium, at its deepest, is 400 feet. That homerball Apollo’d about 490 feet — or it would have if it didn’t first connect with what appears to be a sufficiently high light fixture (see 1:59).

What also makes me happy about this video: Not just seeing Wily Mo Pena alive and doing things, but seeing the twirly finger home run sign transcending all language barriers. You and I, English-speaking persons, can watch a Dominican (Spanish-speaking) hitter communicate with a Japanese-speaking umpire and all three parties (us, he, and them) can understand that scene. There’s something sparkling about it all.

Also, there’s something, I dunno, Thriller album cover about this:

Twirl

Thanks to Yakyu Baka and Daily Sports on this.



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Bradley writes for FanGraphs and The Hardball Times. Follow him on Twitter @BradleyWoodrum.


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Brad Johnson
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Flair. Wily Mo has it.

Catoblepas
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Catoblepas

This was glorious in a multitude of ways.

Umpire Weekend
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Umpire Weekend

Laguna Salada…what a wonderful place.

steex
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steex

Wily Mo Pena is clearly the star of this video, but let’s not pretend we didn’t notice Yuniesky Betancourt batting behind him and Esteban German celebrating.

Pirates Hurdles
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Pirates Hurdles

Yuni is off to a 5 for 50 start over there, he certainly is no Esteban German.

steex
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steex

The best part is Yuni has a few sacrifices, but no walks, allowing him to accomplish the somewhat rare feat of carrying an OBP lower than his batting average.

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