We may need this sign. I was not around for the Pete Incaviglia home run that lives on as the absolute big daddy of balls hit out of Eck Stadium. I’ve heard tales of Ryan Howard mashing one. I know plenty of Shockers hit impressive home runs, most recently players such as Drew Moffitt and Tyler Weber.
Johnny Coy hit one Wednesday night that ranks up there. Without help from the wind, he smacked a fastball that rose majestically over the scoreboard in left field and onto 21st St. I don’t know where it went from there. Hopefully, somebody tracked it down.
Teammates Cody Lassley and Tim Kelley smiled at the memory. “That ball was hit real well,” Lassley said. “Especially on a day like today.” Grant Muncrief ranked it only behind a line drive blast Weber hit in 2008. Former pitcher and current radio voice Shane Dennis said it was in his top 10. Play by play man Mike Kennedy, who has seen virtually every Shocker home run since the late 1980s, confirmed the notion that Coy’s blast deserved a spot in the Eck Stadium Home Run Hall of Fame.
Coy’s description doesn’t do it justice. It was a blast that gave the fans who saw it a blast. "First-pitch fastball," Coy said. "His fastball wasn't all that fast, so we had some problems staying back on it. I got a pitch, I sat back on it and I got a pretty good swing on it." Next time somebody else hits one like that – and it may be years – they will compare it to Coy’s 2010 launch.
If you’ve got one that compares, let us know.