Juan Soto's game-winning home run in Monday's game against the Yankees transcended a whole lot of space — and maybe time itself.
WASHINGTON – Years from now, some poor, intrepid baseball fan will be trying to piece together Juan Soto’s rookie season and will be very, very confused.
On Monday afternoon, the Nationals and Yankees resumed their May 15 game that was suspended by rain, the score tied 3-3. Soto didn’t make his big league debut until May 20, five days after the suspended game. So when he entered Monday’s game, he did so as a pinch-hitter, and immediately did this.
As those who understand the geography of Nationals Park are well aware, that ball was one set of bleacher bum’s hands away from bouncing up against the wall that separates Shake Shack and Blue Smoke up along the scoreboard walk. The Home Run Tracker put it at 433 feet, which seems woefully underestimated. But the round-tripper did more than just drop jaws and win the game for the Nats — it broke baseball’s record-keeping system.
#Nationals Juan Soto is the first player in baseball history to hit a home run in the continuance of a suspended game that would have otherwise been his debut had he been on the team when the game originally started.
Oh, by the way, the 19-year-old slugger’s emerging nickname? Childish Bambino, a mashup play on Donald Glover’s rap alias and, of course, Babe Ruth. So who else did he break the record books against — literally — than the Yankees.
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