Kemp connected on a hanging curveball from right-hander Dave Bush(notes) for a mammoth home run Tuesday night that ballpark scientists measured having traveled 447 feet. But because of where Kemp hit the ball — to straightaway center field, and high off the scoreboard — his two-run blast in the second inning appeared to go much farther than that.
Kemp's shot not only gave the Dodgers an early lead, but it also drew attention to another ball already lodged in the scoreboard, one that remained there even after the final out of the Dodgers' 5-3 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers.
It is believed somebody in batting practice hit a ball so hard (unless it was thrown, or launched from a T-shirt/hot dog canon) that it lodged just under the "6" — for the sixth inning.
Not long after Kemp's homer, the Brewers broadcast team brought the ball in question to viewers' attention.
Impressive. Not even Kemp could get his homer to stick its landing.
The caption of the above photo, taken by the AP, claims the ball stuck in the scoreboard is Kemp's homer, but it already was there by the time he came to bat in the second inning.
Did Kemp hit the one in BP, too? Someone needs to ask him. Kemp's contribution to the game, fairly or not, also became marginalized by several other events of the day.
• The ceremony for Bud, who used to own the Brewers.
The Brewers recently announced plans to upgrade the scoreboard at Miller Park (it's not nearly gargantuan enough). Before they do, they ought to bronze the baseball stuck in the old one and display it for eternity.
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