Casual fans may not have known much about San Diego Padres outfielder Alex Dickerson coming into Monday’s game, but he gave them reason to remember the name with a monstrous home run against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Dickerson’s mammoth blast came in the top of the ninth inning. On the second pitch of his at-bat, Dickerson drilled a 90 mph cutter from Bo Schultz out to right field. Actually, drilled may be an understatement in this case. The ball actually landed in the fifth deck!
That’s rarified territory. In fact, only 19 home runs have been hit to the fifth deck in Toronto. Fifteen different players have combined for those 19 home runs. On Monday, Dickerson became the 16th player to accomplish the feat.
Amazingly, Dickerson’s home run came on the exact date that Mark McGwire hit the first 500-level home run in Toronto 20 years ago.
Alex Dickerson’s 500-Level Home Run was hit exactly 20 years to the day of the first regular-season 5th deck HR (Mark McGwire: Jul 25,1996)
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) July 26, 2016
On top of all that, Dickerson’s shot extended the Padres current streak of 23 games with a home run. They need to hit a home run in the next four games in order to tie the major-league record.
(BLS H/N: Deadspin)
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