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August 21, 2010 at 2:21 PM

See video of where the epic Russell Branyan home run blast landed

Russell Branyan today became the first player ever to hit a home run into the fourth deck at the new Yankee Stadium. Mark Teixeira had gone deep twice previously in the third deck. But this shot by Branyan was epic. No measurement involved. But to say it was close to 500 feet or more would not be an overstatement. It was a rocket.
In the photo below, look just above the orange rim and to the far left of the deck itself.
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Branyan is used to these types of questions about freakish home runs he’s hit at ballparks throughout the game over the years. He was highly reluctant to talk about this home run in detail, especially after a loss, but finally opened up a bit after much prodding by reporters.
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“Guys were excited to see the ball,” Branyan said of the greeting he received in the dugout. “I mean, it’s fun. I’m not going to downplay it. When somebody hits a ball, even when it’s with the other team, our team, it’s fun to watch. I mean, I like watching when A-Rod gets a hold of one. Or (Mark) Teixeira, or (Robinson) Cano. It’s neat to see a ball hit that far.”
Branyan told a story about how some players had gone to Central Park during Thursday’s off-day with trainer Rick Griffin to throw a long-toss session. By the end of the session, a huge crowd had gathered.
“People enjoy watching us do our jobs,” Branyan said. “When you get a hold of a ball and hit a ball a long way, it’s kind of neat to see.”


The rest of this game wasn’t all that great to see for Mariners fans outside of the two home runs by Ichiro in the first and third off Javier Vazquez. Jason Vargas also had a good outing, retiring 15 in a row at one point. Trouble is, he gave up four runs in the first and three in the seventh.
Vargas said he just left two pitches up to Teixeira and Jorge Posada.
“I guess if I could pinpoint a couple of things, those would be them,” he said.
Things went better from there. The Yanks hit some balls hard in the second, but not too much after that until the seventh.
Vargas still can’t figure out how rookie Eduardo Nunez notched the tie-breaking single off him for his first big league hit and first two RBI.
“It was about neck high, off the plate by about a foot,” Vargas said. “He just threw a bat at it and it squirted through a hole. When something like that happens, you really can’t do a whole lot about it.”
This Yankee lineup didn’t really give him much room for error. When he made the early mistakes, then a couple late, he paid.
Casey Kotchman also saw his MLB-record errorless games streak at first base end at 274 when he was called for an error in the eighth on that Curtis Granderson ball. It was one of those calls that could have gone either way. This time, for Kotchman, it did not.
“It was the scorer’s decision,” he said. “It’s subjective a little bit.”
But Kotchman would not go so far as to say it was a bad ruling.
“I didn’t analyze it,” he said. “You try to make the plays. Obviously, you don’t want to not make the the play. Everything else is kind of out of your hands.”
Kotchman added that he hadn’t paid that much attention to the streak once he broke the record about 40 games ago.
“We’ve been trying to win games,” he said.

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