The Cubs began their game with the Mets on Wednesday night in style, with Anthony Rizzo and Ian Happ connecting on back-to-back homers to stake Chicago to a quick 2-0 lead at Citi Field.
When Kyle Schwarber walked to the plate for an at-bat in the fourth against Matt Harvey, then, what could he possibly do to stand out on a night that started like that?
That homer was launched a Statcast-projected 467 feet to right field, carrying over the Shea Bridge as if it wasn't even there. Here's a photo of Citi Field with the Shea Bridge area designated, so you get an idea of how far this was:
The numbers backed the dinger's ridiculousness, too:
But then again, the word "ridiculous" is nothing new when describing the prodigious Budweiser sign-busting power of Schwarber, who is now the owner of the Cubs' two longest homers of the season to date. The other one was a 470-foot moonshot hit on May 23 that landed on Sheffield Avenue outside Wrigley Field.
As for where Wednesday's home run ranks in ballpark history, Schwarber's bridge-clearing dinger is the second-longest hit at Citi Field in the Statcast era -- trailing only Giancarlo Stanton's awe-inspiring display hit earlier this year.
Does hitting a homer like that feel any different as a hitter than a regular-distance homer? As Schwarber told MLB.com's Carrie Muskat, it's ... different:
"It's just barrel -- you know you hit the barrel. When you hit barrel, you don't feel anything. You see the ball flight."
In the end, though, all those Cubs homers weren't enough to avoid losing to the Mets, 9-4.