You’ve seen Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich hit home runs before, but none quite as majestic as the one he hit tonight at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies.
It’s been a light couple of years in the home run department for the former NL MVP. After hitting 92 from 2018 to 2020, Yelich managed just nine long bombs in one of the worst seasons of his career in 2021, one that also saw him play only 117 games, his lowest amount in a full season since 2013, his rookie year.
Yelich has looked much better in 2022, especially since being inserted into the leadoff spot in the lineup. The power, however, has not yet returned as the two-time All-Star had just 11 homers heading into the Brewers’ road matchup against the Rockies on Tuesday night. That had him tied with second baseman Kolten Wong for 9th most on the team.
It turned out No. 12 was right around the corner.
Christian Yelich absolutely destroyed the fourth pitch of the game for a leadoff home run in the Brewers’ game against the Rockies on Tuesday.
Coors Field has been known to give up some long home runs in its heyday. In just the fourth pitch of the game against Rockies starter Chad Kuhl, Yelich hit one of the longest ones the park has seen in recent years.
Yes, you read that correctly. Yelich hit that home run a whopping 499 FEET! That’s the type of distance that makes jaws drop as the ball flies out of the field.
And if you thought you were in awe of the distance on that towering home run, you weren’t the only one. Even Yelich’s teammates were amazed by how much he destroyed that baseball. Just check out the reaction of starting pitcher Aaron Ashby.
Yelich’s 499-foot shot now clocks as the second-longest home run in Coors Field history per a release from Brewers Senior Director of Media Relations Mike Vassallo. Oddly enough, he also played in the game that featured the only long bomb to beat his in the stadium to date.
The Brewers will need all the firepower they can get down the stretch. Though they sat 7.5 games behind the Cardinals for the NL Central lead going into Tuesday, they found themselves just 2.5 games behind the Philles and two behind the Padres for the final two Wild Card spots to start the day.
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Of course, one thing that could help the Brewers catch any of those teams would be more monster home runs by Christian Yelich.