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Soto's legend grows with one-knee homer off Wrigley scoreboard originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Despite only being in his fourth year of Major League Baseball, Juan Soto's legend is already large. From shining in the 2019 World Series before he could legally drink to winning a batting title in just his third season in 2020, it continues to grow.
Being able to launch a baseball 400 feet is always great, but that's not what made this particular Soto show so impressive. The ball carried 421 feet and crashed off the Wrigley Field scoreboard above the bleachers in right field. Oh also, he did it swinging from one knee.
That combination of raw power and hand-eye coordination to launch a baseball to the moon while falling onto one knee is something very few hitters possess. Luckily for the Nationals, Soto is one of them.
At just 22 years old, Soto is finding new ways to make jaws drop. At this point, it's hard to know what he could possibly do next. Maybe a home run with one-eye closed? Try it from the right side? Based on his trajectory, nothing seems too crazy for Soto.
Additionally, the home run was a positive sign for the lefty slugger and the Nationals offense. Just his fourth of the year and first since May 7, the long ball has been somewhat absent from Soto's game in 2021. He's still consistently making an impact with a high-contact rate and an on-base percentage near .400, but the slugging hasn't been as high as some may have expected. He did spend some time on the Injured List with left shoulder inflammation.
Yet Wednesday was a prime example of why there is little reason to worry. For someone who is blasting home runs on one knee, the four-baggers will come.