Mike Napoli hit the ball a long, long way yesterday

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Mike Napoli had two homers for the Sox last night. They booth were moon shots. Here they are:

Don Orsillo didn’t seem too impressed with the first one off the bat — probably because it was dead center and thus harder to gauge the trajectory — but it was gone.  He liked the second one better (“it’s very gone!”).

Officially they were 472 and 467 feet, but that’s an inexact science, obviously.

Boom.

Long time NL umpire Dutch Rennert has died

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MLB.com reports that long time umpire Dutch Rennert has died at the age of 88.

Rennert retired as a National League umpire after the 1992 season, so a lot of you didn’t get a chance to see him. But believe me, if you got a chance to see him in action, you’d remember him. He had one of the most distinct strikeout calls in history. He’d go turn to the side, go down on one knee, point with purpose and bellow “STRIKE . . . ONNNNNNEEEEE!”

It was quite the scene, man:

 

I used to love it when Rennert called a game I was watching on TV. I always knew the count.

Rest in Peace, Dutch. I cannot vouch for the peace of whoever is on the cloud next to yours, though.