Carlos Correa hits monster home run out of Minute Maid Park

The Houston Astros have exceptionally high expectations after missing out on the postseason in 2016. When a club enters the year with that type of pressure, one of two things can happen: They can either collapse under its weight, or use it to absolutely crush baseballs.

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Shortstop Carlos Correa did the latter Monday against Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Correa stepped in against The King looking to show everyone the Astros mean business this season. On the third pitch of the at-bat, he made sure the fans heard his message loud and clear. Correa absolutely obliterated a fastball, hitting it out of Minute Maid Park.

Carlos Correa hit a ball a long way Monday. (AP Photo)
Carlos Correa hit a ball a long way Monday. (AP Photo)

As expected, the ball traveled quite a long way.

We don’t want to read into one home run, especially this early in the season, but it certainly looked like Correa was taking out his 2016 frustrations on that ball.

It’s a new year, and the Astros are ready to put the past behind them. Carlos Correa may have accomplished that with one swing of the bat Monday.

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Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik