Coors Field’s greatest moments (Nos. 6-10): Huge homers and the ’95 wild-card clincher


Fourth of a five-part series celebrating the top 25 memories, players, milestones and headlines of the first quarter-century of Coors Field:

No. 10, “True” Story hits a 505-foot homer, Sept. 5, 2018: All-star shortstop Trevor Story has the word “True” stitched on his glove, but his performance on this night was the stuff of a video game. He launched three home runs, including a 505-foot blast that is officially recognized as the longest home run in the ballpark’s history. His three dingers traveled a combined 1,380 feet.

In his first at-bat, Story swung so hard he lost his balance and fell on his backside. No matter. His blast during the same at-bat, off San Francisco left-hander Andrew Suarez, traveled 459 feet, bounced onto the concourse beyond left field and ended up in the parking lot. In the fourth inning, Story hit his historic 505-feet shot off Suarez, making it Coors’ longest home run, according to Statcast, surpassing the 504-foot moon shot by Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton on Aug. 6, 2016, off Chad Bettis.

“As soon as it came off the bat, I said, ‘Oh, man, that’s going to hit the scoreboard, and it’s going to go straight to my Lamborghini in the parking lot,’ ” teammate Carlos Gonzalez said.

Story’s final homer was a measly 416-foot shot off Suarez in the sixth, marking the 17th time a Rockies player hit three homers in a game.

No. 9, CarGo’s walk-off cycle, July 31, 2010: “It was unbelievable. It was magic,” Gonzalez said after hitting a leadoff, walk-off, 462-foot home run into the upper deck in right field.

CarGo’s home run not only beat the Cubs 6-5, he became the first player since Boston’s Dwight Evans in 1984 to hit a walk-off home run to complete the cycle.

Said manager Jim Tracy: “That was great theater.”

A Cubs fan turned over the souvenir to the 24-year-old CarGo in exchange for an autographed baseball. Gonzalez finished 4-for-4 with a sacrifice fly, raising his average to .321. He ended up winning the National League batting title with a .336 average and finished third in the NL MVP voting.

No. 8: Helton’s walk-off ignites “Rocktober,” Sept. 18, 2007: “It was an amazing win for us,” Todd Helton said. “I have never felt like that before — ever.”

And the iconic first baseman had never acted like that before — ever. The 34-year-old ran around the bases, his finger signaling No. 1, a wild gleam in his eyes, and then leaped into a mass of humanity at home plate.

It was the most heroic moment of Helton’s 17-year career. He smashed a two-run, walk-off homer off closer Takashi Saito for a 9-8 victory, capping a doubleheader sweep of the Dodgers and keeping the Rockies’ faint playoff hopes alive. The Rockies remained in the wild-card race, 4½ games behind San Diego, and the best — Rocktober — was yet to come.

No. 7, Denver hosts the 1998 All-Star Game, including memorable Home Run Derby, July 6-7, 1998: In the highest-scoring All-Star …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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