For most of the first half of the season, the Chicago Cubs have been the talk of the National League. The defending National League Central champions held the best record in baseball for most of the first three months of the season.
On Thursday night, the Cubs were cruising with veteran John Lackey throwing a gem of a game against last season’s NL Pennant winners the New York Mets.
However, Yoenis Cespedes deposited a poorly placed Lackey fastball into the Citi Field third deck in left field 441 feet from home plate. The Mets slugger annihilated the pitch by Lackey.
The ball was clocked at a velocity leaving the field of 100 mph and is now officially listed as the longest home run this season by a Mets player.
The home run was No. 19 on the season for the slugger from Cuba, which put him only three behind Kris Bryant the Chicago Cubs slugger who hit a home run earlier in the same game, to lead the National League.
Titanic hits by Cespedes have come to be more commonplace than not for the slugger. This one helped the Mets to rally from a deficit of 3-1 to win the game 4-3.
Not only was the hit the longest by any Mets player, but it was the first time any player hit a home run into the Citifield third deck during a regular season game.
For New York fans sitting high in left in the third deck, the home run was a shock. After all, sitting that high in any Major League Baseball ballpark means you are not expecting to have the opportunity to touch a baseball. Yet, that is just what happened and the section went crazy.
When it comes to surprising things happening at a ball game, a home run into the third deck has to be one of them. Not many are hit that far, which is evidenced by the one on Thursday night by Cespedes being the longest hit this season by the Mets and the first to reach that plateau.
Cespedes is now hitting .288 on the season with 19 home runs and 46 runs batted in. The Cuban slugger needs to continue his fine form if the Mets hope to catch the first place Washington Nationals or qualify for one of the two wildcard spots in the league.