Nearly lost amid the Houston Astros’ 15-0, six-home run romp over the Oakland Athletics Monday night was a jaw-dropping dinger from rookie first baseman Yordan Álvarez.
It wasn’t the distance of Álvarez’s second homer of the night that was particularly notable, however; the ball travelled 415 feet, per Statcast, short of Álvarez’s 429-foot first-inning effort. But it landed in the third deck of Minute Maid Park.
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Álvarez became the second player in the stadium’s 19-year history to hit a ball to that location, and the first Astros player to do so. The Milwaukee Brewers’ Jeromy Burnitz became was the first player to hit third-deck home run at Minute Maid in 2000.
Astros commemorate Yordan Álvarez’s homer with orange seat
The Astros were quick to honor Álvarez’s feat. The team wrapped the first-row seat where the ball finally landed in orange vinyl Tuesday, making it stand out from the stadium’s otherwise green seats.
Yordan Alvarez became the first Astro to hit a home run in the third deck in right field. The seat where it landed has been wrapped in orange. pic.twitter.com/z5tGGDWcfy
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The tradition mimics on the team’s practice from its Astrodome days, when it painted three seats for the upper deck shots hit by Eric Anthony, Jimmy Wynn and Doug Rader.
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