Monday gave us our best look at the potential of the Atlanta Braves’ new-look outfield thus far. Jason Heyward led off the fourth inning with a home run. Five pitches later, Justin Upton blasted what some have stated is the longest home run ever hit in the Disney World complex, Atlanta’s Spring Training home since 1997. B.J. Upton almost made it a perfect three for three, coming just short of a home run on a line drive that short hopped the fence in left-center for a double. Not to be outdone by his teammates, B.J. Upton took that as an opportunity to showcase his speed by stealing third base.
B.J. Upton has put together two consecutive two-hit performances. Heyward’s homer was his second in a span of three at bats dating back to Sunday’s game against the Pirates. Justin Upton’s long ball was his first hit as a member of the Braves, and he followed it up with a single in the fifth.
Justin Upton’s home run flew over the pennants at the top of a grass berm that lies beyond the left-field wall before hitting the top of a tree, falling into a patch of grass, and eventually ending up in the players’ parking lot. It’s not clear just what the tape measured distance on the long ball was, but it is thought to have been at least 450 feet.
Here’s an aerial shot of Champion Stadium to give you an idea of how far the ball traveled.