Other famous home runs swatted by the Blake Street Bombers:
• On April 28, 1997, at the Houston Astrodome, Astros closer Billy Wagner tried to sneak a 97 mph fastball by Castilla, a notoriously good fastball hitter. Castilla hit a two-out solo homer to deep leftcenter in the 10th inning to lift the Rockies to a 7-6 victory.
• Later that season — Aug. 23, to be exact — Wagner again challenged Castilla with a fastball with the game on the line at the Astrodome. The result was a two-out,
three-run homer in the ninth that gave Colorado a 6-3 victory.
Those homers, and others like them, led to Castilla famous saying: “It had better be 100 (mph) if you want to sneak the cheese by the rat.” Dante Bichette
• The first game played at Coors Field was April 26, 1995. It was a cold, wet marathon approaching five hours. The Rockies and New York Mets were in the bottom of the 14th inning when Bichette smacked a two-run, one-out, walkoff homer, giving the Rockies an 11-9 victory.
“I hit a three-run homer off (Atlanta star) Greg Maddux in the 1995 playoffs, and that homer is a close second, but that homer to open Coors Field is my favorite,” Bichette said.
• On Aug. 31, 1997, he blasted his National League-leading 39th and 40th homers in a 10-4 victory over Oakland.
Walker hit a two-run homer in the third inning, but he was just getting warmed up. In the fifth, he rocketed a 493-foot shot to the third deck in right field, which was, at the time, the longest in Coors Field history. The moon shot was 6 feet longer than the home run Andres Galarraga hit against Seattle a few days earlier.
“A home run is a home run, and that’s the bottom line,” Walker said at the time. “I’ll open the paper tomorrow and it will say home run. So I’ll take that one that I hit off the top of the fence as well.” Ellis Burks
• On Sept. 28, 1996, in the penultimate game of the Rockies’ season, Burks hit a solo shot in the eighth to give him 40 home runs. He also stole his 32nd base that day.
Burks joined Galarraga (47) and Castilla (40) in the 40-homer club that season and finished third in the National League MVP voting.
“Ellis was one of the best highfastball hitters I ever saw,” Bichette said.