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Plenty of praise for Pirates’ Josh Bell’s latest splash landing

Tim Benz
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The Pirates’ Josh Bell (55) crosses home plate in front of Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters after hitting a solo home run off Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray during the second inning May 22, 2019, at PNC Park.

Only 9,534 fans saw Josh Bell’s 454-foot bomb of a home run at PNC Park Wednesday night.

Too bad. It was worth seeing.

That’s just the fifth home run to reach the Allegheny River on the fly.

It’s the second by Bell.

This month.

He soaked another ball against Texas back on May 8.

And the 474-footer to center field against the Reds in April was probably the best of the bunch, even though it didn’t get the splash effect.

Those who saw Wednesday night’s homer in person were few and far between, yet many seemed to appreciate it on social media.

Let these numbers wash over you.

Former Pirate Garrett Jones knows how hard it is to reach the river. He did it.

Once. In five years.

And Jones seems a bit jealous that Bell is making this look so routine.

Bell is the first player to have a splashdown twice. Here’s a look at the others, including Bell’s first effort.

Praise wasn’t limited to the baseball world either.

Don’t do that, Vince. You’ll get fined.

In fact, I think Roger Goodell is docking your first paycheck of the year just for sending this tweet.

Unfortunately, the rest of the Pirates didn’t bring their hitting shoes. The Rockies outslugged the Pirates, 9-3.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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