Plenty of praise for Pirates’ Josh Bell’s latest splash landing
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.
Big drip, what you call it? 🌊 pic.twitter.com/a3f6x4zbEa
— Pirates (@Pirates) May 23, 2019
That’s just the fifth home run to reach the Allegheny River on the fly.
It’s the second by Bell.
He soaked another ball against Texas back on May 8.
Um. Holy cow, Josh Bell. 472 ft HR that hit the river on the fly. 😳 @Frank_Frangie
— Andrew Gibson (@1010XLAG) May 8, 2019
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.
Oh my, Josh Bell.
— Today in MLB (@TodayintheMLB) April 7, 2019
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.
Josh Bell, yet again.
— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) May 23, 2019
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.
— Garrett Jones (@Garrett_GIJones) May 23, 2019
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.
I just wanna hit QBs like Josh Bell hits baseballs.
— Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) May 23, 2019
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.