Bomb­shells

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Other fa­mous home runs swat­ted by the Blake Street Bombers:

Vinny Castilla

• 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.

Larry Walker

• 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.

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