Big Leaguers seem to remember everything. Pitch sequences, bizarre errors, great defensive plays, etc. They're just like us: if they witness something notable on a baseball field, they tend to remember it. Big, lengthy dingers are just the same. And while it is always more fun to hit the dinger than to allow it, sometimes the long balls you give up can be just as memorable. Check out the video above where Stephen Strasburg, Greg Holland, Michael Fulmer and Lance McCullers Jr. talk about the farthest home runs they've given up.
Jonathan Schoop, Michael Conforto, Josh Harrison and Corey Dickerson shared the farthest home runs they were fortunate enough to have witnessed in person:
We also snagged some face-time with Justin Upton, Strasburg and Justin Smoak to see which of their own homers they remember best.
They're all interesting, but Smoak's is probably the most surprising. His memorable homer actually happened during his college days at South Carolina. In the 2006 super regional at the University of Georgia, Smoak's Gamecocks hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers. That's right, five in a row. Smoak hit the second in that insane string (at 1:41 in the video).
We've seen four consecutive home runs at the big league level before, but never five. Time will tell if Smoak is also involved in that historic home run barrage should we ever see it in the Majors.