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Home Run Lands in an Amazing Spot

Cardinals outfielder hits painting sitting in the upper deck
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2020 7:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – Old-timey ballparks often had advertising signs in the outfield inviting players to take a shot at them, promising a free something as a reward. "Hit sign, win suit," hanging in right-center field of Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, was a famous one, Dutch Baseball Hangouts reports. There doesn't seem to be a record of a "Hit painting" gimmick, or Harrison Bader would have cashed in Sunday in St. Louis. The Cardinals outfielder launched a home run into the upper deck in left field that traveled 425 feet and slammed into a painting, sitting on an easel, that was placed on the steps there by the team's mascot.

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There was no comment from Fredbird, who had stepped away from his work, or word about Bader winning anything; he did help bring the Cardinals a victory and a spot in the playoffs. But Bader later pointed out that a teammate hit a home run last season off the Big Mac Land neon sign just below where the homer landed Sunday, knocking out a letter. "And he got the M," Bader said, per the Belleville News-Democrat, "so I better get something out of it." You can see the homer here. (Read more home run stories.)

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