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'It was insane': Cabrera homer leaves Comerica Park

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Tigers' Miguel Cabrera hits a two-run home run in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park in Detroit.

Detroit — Miggy went boom.

Like, really, really big boom.

Miguel Cabrera hit one of the longest home runs in Comerica Park history in the first inning of Monday night's game against the Seattle Mariners. While unconfirmed by the Tigers, it might've been the first ball ever to leave Comerica Park, even on a bounce.

Cabrera destroyed the Nathan Karns pitch, sending the ball and way deep, between the flag pole and the fountain just left of center field. According to fans, it landed about 30 feet beyond the brick wall, on an employee-only ramp where they store soda. There, it took once high bounce and went over the fence, onto Adams Street.

"It was insane," said Gordy Rooker, 58, of Howell, from his perch in the standing-room-only area. "We lost it in the sun and then it appeared probably 10 feet before we saw it, actually coming out of the sun."

Said his son, Adam Rooker, 30, of Chicago and in town for Father's Day weekend: "It has to be a 460-foot homer."

Good guess. Officially, the home run was measured at 461 feet by ESPN, not even Cabrera's longest homer this season. But by the time it was done moving, it had to have traveled at least 500 or more.

The ball was retrieved on the street by longtime Tigers fan Cory Kinney, 45, of Detroit. He said he took about 10 steps onto Adams, in front of the Detroit Athletic Club, to get the ball, which he was clutching proudly as the Mariners were batting in the top of the second inning.

"Boom!" Kinney said. "I ran and got it."

Home runs occasionally left Tiger Stadium, especially over the right field roof. But Comerica? Yeah, that just doesn't happen.

Kinney said he watches a lot of games from outside the fence and has never sniffed a ball.

He said he plans to give it to his grandmother, "Ms. Hudson."

"She turned me onto baseball," Kinney said.

The Tigers won, 8-7, in 12 innings.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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