The Houston Astros won the World Series on Saturday, after taking Game 6 with a 4-1 score over the Philadelphia Phillies.
But Yordan Alvarez just won’t let other teams enjoy leads for too long.
He had already hit timely home runs against the Seattle Mariners to take the lead, one of them of the walk-off variety.
After a relatively silent American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees, Yordan made his presence felt on Saturday with a three-run home run that left the yard in a hurry at Minute Maid Park.
It was hit to center field, the furthest part of the stadium, and it traveled a projected 450 feet.
It was a majestic shot, like almost every other Alvarez homer, but this one came with a huge swing in win probability added.
The ball left Alvarez’s bat at more than 112 mph, and it sounded like a gunshot off the bat.
A Majestic Blast
Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena was asked if he had seen a ball hit as hard as that one.
His response was hilarious.
Yordan CRUSHES baseballs 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/z7drXl84Gw
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) November 7, 2022
The Statcast record for hardest-hit ball was actually set this season, by Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Oneil Cruz at 122.4 mph.
It was 10 mph higher than Yordan’s blast.
However, Alvarez’s home run looked every bit as hard as that ball Cruz hit, and obviously came in a higher leverage spot.
It was also hit off a 99-mph sinker, so yes, you could say the degree of difficulty was much higher.
Pena, who hit 22 home runs in his debut season, didn’t have a ball hit as hard as Alvarez’s one from Saturday: his personal best is 110.5 mph.
A couple of days have passed, but the world is still talking about Alvarez’s incredible home run.