It wasn’t a sparkly match, but the water splashed enough.
Jack Swinsky of the Pittsburgh Pirates. / Reuters News 1
Jack Swinsky (25) of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the MLB (US Professional Baseball) started as the 4th hitter and center fielder in an away game against the San Francisco Giants (Oracle Park, CA, USA) on the 30th and went 2 hits and 2 RBIs in 4 at-bats. swung 메이저놀이터
The team lost 4 to 14, and the win rate (0.491, 26 wins, 27 losses) was broken in the 50% range, but Swinsky, a left-handed hitter, scored two solo shots in the top of the 7th and 9th innings and reported his 10th and 11th home runs of the season. . Everyone jumped over the right fence and reached the off-field ‘McCovey cove’. It was a so-called ‘splash home run’ meaning splashing water. Fans waiting in kayaks in Maccobie Bay paddled hard to pick up the ball.
Fans wait for a home run ball in a kayak in Maccobe Bay, next to Oracle Park, California. /MLB
According to MLB.com, Swinski stood shoulder to shoulder with Barry Bonds (59) as the ‘Ui-han’ player who hit home runs twice in one game with only McCorby. Bonds debuted in a Pirates uniform in 1986 and played for the Giants from 1993 to 2007, hitting a career-high 762 home runs (first all-time). Although his reputation was tarnished by his illegal drug use, he made a name for himself as a big gun during his active career.
Opened in 2000, Oracle Park is located right next to San Francisco Bay. Beyond the right wall, the open sea, called Maccoby Bay, spreads out. Willie MacCovey is a legend who played 19 seasons for the Giants. However, the length to the right wall is about 111m, which is long, so it is not easy to hit a home run. Until this day, there were only 59 splash homers recorded by players on the away team. Among Korean players, Choi Hee-seop (44) of the Florida Marlins (now Miami Marlins) in 2004 and Choo Shin-soo (41, SSG) of the Texas Rangers in 2020 have tasted the sea.
Swinsky, who debuted in the big leagues last year, hit 19 homers (38 RBIs) in his first season and stood out in the long hit. He has a mediocre batting average of 0.239 this season, but his 11 home runs (28 RBIs) are tied for ninth in the National League in home runs.