Three men. Three colossal home runs hit Monday afternoon in Grapefruit League action, all absolute jacks — and all landing on unique items.
• Dan Uggla of the Braves lined a home run against the Phillies that landed on the thatched roof of a popular chain bar in Clearwater, Fla. called Frenchy's, situated beyond the left-field area at Bright House Field.
• Mike Napoli of the Red Sox hit a majestic shot to center field at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla. — Fenway South — that landed on the roof of the Green Monster replica. They really can simulate the regular season down there, with all of the familiar landmarks.
• Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins hit a mammoth tape-measure blast against the Mets out of the Tradition Field at Port St. Lucie, Fla., off the batter's eye of the adjacent practice field. Someone on the Mets broadcast said, "I've never seen that, and I've been here 45 years." Geez, go home, buddy.
Which is the most awesome? In a way, it's a trick question, because they're all awesome. The best-sounding home run might have been Uggla's. The best-looking one might have been Napoli's because home runs to center just look better. The one that knocks off the most socks? Stanton. All things being equal, his was the most monstrous. Please, vote among yourselves. Nobody will be counting the hanging chads, or hanging curves, so don't take it too seriously. Thanks.
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