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#pounditFriday, February 3, 2023

Watch: Andrew Benintendi’s Pesky Pole homer was ridiculous

Andrew Benintendi

Fenway Park is probably the quirkiest ballpark in all of baseball, and Andrew Benintendi offered a reminder of why on Saturday.

In the second inning of their game against the rival New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox outfielder hit one of the more interesting home runs of the season. Benintendi, a left-handed hitter, pulled a ball just barely inside of Fenway’s famous Pesky Pole in right for a whimper of a dinger at 310 feet.

Even more ridiculous: the homer had an exit velocity of 87.7 mph and an xBA (expected batting average) of just .010, Seth Rothman of YES Network.

Fluke or not, the homer was Benintendi’s ninth of the year and counts for just as many runs as it would have had he blasted it 470 to dead center instead. It’s definitely not the first time Pesky Pole has worked in Boston’s favor either.

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