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Upton in awe of Cabrera's epic homer

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, right, is congratulated by Victor Martinez Monday.

Detroit — Justin Upton hit one of the longest home runs you'll see at Comerica Park.

Of course, it was an astonishing runner-up on Monday night.

VideoCabrera's highlight-reel homer

And he could only laugh about it.

"He's special, man," Upton said of Miguel Cabrera. "It's pretty fun to watch."

Cabrera hit maybe the longest home run ever at 17-year-old Comerica Park in the first inning Monday night.

ESPN said it went 461 feet, but fan witnesses disputed that.

And, by the way, it technically traveled more than 500, as it bounced over a fence and onto Adams Street, out of Comerica Park.

"I knew it was gone," manager Brad Ausmus deadpanned, after the Tigers' 8-7, 12-inning victory over the Seattle Mariners.
"I can't think of one that was farther."

The ESPN estimate makes it the second-longest of the season for Cabrera, but if the flagpole is 437 feet from home plate, Cabrera's ball landed at least 40 feet beyond that, on a ramp only accessible to employees beyond the left-center-field wall.

From there, it took one giant bounce and left the ballpark. Tigers employees can't remember another ball leaving the ballpark, even on a bounce.

"'Wow' was the reaction from everybody," Mike Pelfrey said. "It was crushed.

"We've come to expect that from him."

Cabrera, who hates talking about himself more than anybody on the planet with at least a $30-million salary, was gone before reporters could talk to him Monday.

Upton hit a massive shot of his own in the seventh inning, to dead center field, the ball landing in the second row of shrubbery — before his walk-off to left field in the 12th inning.

Impressive night, to be sure. But Cabrera still stole the show.

"A lot of pale faces," Upton said, smiling, describing the reaction to Cabrera's homer from the dugout. "You didn't know where it was gonna land."

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