Heyward hits the roof with his first blast
Given that this is Spring Training, I could tell you that Jason Heyward’s first homer of the Grapefruit League season came off Max Scherzer’s 100-mph fastball and traveled about 500 feet before piercing the roof of a building located beyond the right field wall.
Truth be told, this account wouldn’t necessarily be deemed a drastic dramatization of what occurred during the first inning of Monday afternoon’s game against the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Heyward’s first blast of the year did come at the expense of hard-throwing Scherzer and did dent the metal roof that covers the batting cages located beyond the right field wall here in Lakeland.
Conservatively the ball traveled at least 420 feet bounced off the roof covering the batting cages and then shattered Braves assistant general manager Bruce Manno’s sunroof yet again.
OK, the part about Manno’s vehicle incurring further damage courtesy of Heyward’s powerful bat was indeed further fabrication. But as the legend of this 20-year-old outfielder grows, he continues to do things that seem too good to be true.
Along with displaying the power of his 6-foot-5, 245-pound frame with this homer, Heyward once again showed the kind of plate discipline that allowed him to draw four walks in the first 13 plate appearances he compiled this year.
Before sending Scherzer’s 3-2 fastball into orbit, Heyward battled back from an 0-2 hole.
This more than the power led former Braves outfielder and current broadcaster Brian Jordan to approach me a few minutes later and say, “Are you impressed yet.”
Quite frankly, it’s been easy to be impressed with something different about Heyward on a daily basis.