A struggle to stay above the Mendoza line has defined the most disastrous season of Rickie Weeks' career, but the Milwaukee Brewers second baseman hit a home run to remember on Tuesday night. Watch where this offering from Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly ended up landing during the Brewers' 3-2 victory at Miller Park:
That's a Sammy Sosa in the 2002 Home Run Derby type distance right there. Hit Tracker Online estimated the distance at 462 feet, which ties it for the 12th-longest home run of 2012 and puts it among the longest homers hit in Miller Park history. (Russell Branyan is still credited with the longest, mashing a 480-foot shot off Greg Maddux in 2004.) For his part, Kelly wasn't impressed as he could have been. The pitcher said he threw a two-seam fastball when he should have thrown a four-seam fastball and Weeks' moonblast was an expected result from his mistake.
"I probably would have hit it out myself," Kelly told reporters. "That's what everybody looks for, even pitchers, something down the middle, up. It's the easiest pitch in baseball to hit ... Right when I threw it, I was like, 'Please don't swing.'"
Weeks still had to enjoy the result of the blast, no matter its origins. And perhaps he can parlay it into a strong second half. As Adam McCalvy of MLB.com points out, Weeks has recently showed signs of improving his season. Over the last 26 games, he's hitting .283 with four homers and 17 RBIs. The Brewers will need that line to continue if they harbor any hope of resurrecting a run back into postseason contention.