Upon further review, Kyle Schwarber’s long home run in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cardinals didn’t actually leave Wrigley Field, but only because it got stuck on top of the scoreboard.
Perhaps that explains why MLB’s Statcast data only had the ball traveling 419 feet while it seemed to the naked eye like it entered low orbit.
Schwarber hit the massive blast in the bottom of the seventh inning to stretch the Cubs’ lead to two.
The photo evidence also disproves the A’s assertion that the ball landed in the Oakland Coliseum.
UPDATE: The Cubs have preserved the ball atop the scoreboard, in its natural habitat. No word on how long it stays there.
- Dan Gartland