Miguel Sano is first player ever to hit roof of Tropicana Field

Miguel Sano, third baseman for the Minnesota twins, made history on Sunday, and he did it with just a fly ball. Well, calling it “just a fly ball” makes it sound normal. This fly ball was definitely not normal. The Twins were playing the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Sunday, and in the first inning, Sano got a hold of a pitch from Matt Andriese and sent it up to the sky.

Miguel Sano's roof-hitting fly ball at Tropicana Field.
Miguel Sano’s fly ball, just as it hits the roof of the Trop. It’s there, I promise.

That’s not an exaggeration. It might have hit the clouds if the Trop didn’t have a roof on it. The ball bounced off of the roof and started to make its way down, making Miguel Sano the first player ever to do that. That bit of history didn’t faze Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, though. He tracked the ball the whole way up, and then all the way back down. He actually caught it for the second out of the first inning.

On’s play-by-play, the result of Sano’s roof-whacking fly ball simply reads “Miguel Sano pops out to third baseman Evan Longoria.” They need to find more or better words to log a play like that, because “pops out” doesn’t even begin to tell the whole story.

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But that fly ball was just a harbinger of what was to come. In the third inning, Sano followed up that fly ball with a two-run home run. And then in the ninth inning, he hit a second home run, a solo shot. Those three RBI helped the Twins beat the Rays 6-3.

Do you think Sano likes hitting at the Trop? Yeah, I think he does.

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Liz Roscher is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at or follow her on twitter! Follow @lizroscher