Talk about coincidences. In Monday's game against the Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants right fielder Nate Schierholtz hit a monster home run to the third deck of Coors Field in right center field during the first inning. It traveled an estimated 461 feet. That's one of those rare occurrences in itself.â†µ
But what makes it even rarer? As Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports, Nate's brother, Vai, was sitting just 10 feet away from where the ball landed. Vai got the ball after he paid $25 to the guy who grabbed it.
And why was Vai Schierholtz at the game? Well, he happens to be an Air Force cadet, so it was short trip to Denver for him. Vai plays for the Academy's baseball team. After taking 2010 off, the senior has started 23 games and collected 23 hits in 88 at-bats.â†µ
For the 2011 season, the Falcons are 14-23 with a 2-13 record on the road and 6-1 at home.â†µ