Yoenis Cespedes' solo home run in the sixth inning last night was the first home run to the third deck in Citi Field history (not including batting practice), the Mets said.
"I think it woke us. I really do," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He hadn't hit one in a while and that was a big one. I really think that got the guys energized."
According to Statcast, Cespedes' home run traveled 440.79 feet (with an exit velocity of 110 MPH). ESPN's Home Run Tracker said the "true distance" -- a.k.a. if the home run flew, uninterrupted, back to field level -- of the dinger was 466 feet, which would tie it with Giancarlo Stanton's home run from May 30, 2015 as the longest homer at Citi Field.
At 466 feet, it was the longest home run of Cespedes' career, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
I loved Gary Cohen's call on this homer.
"And a drive in the air -- and forget that! Way, way out of here! Home run derby style, into the third deck!"
Hopefully, as Collins said, the wakeup call carries over to future games for the Mets. As with "sparkplug" Brandon Nimmo, the Mets need all the energy they can get, from wherever it may come from. And, if that is from a ginormous home run, all the better.