RFK Upper Deck: Prince Fielder joins the “crowd”

Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder launched a 448 foot blast into the upper deck in right field at RFK Stadium off Pedro Astacio in the 1st inning of an 8-5 Nationals win over the visiting Brewers.  This long homer came off Fielder’s bat at 116.0 mph, and was the 4th longest of his 26 home runs in 2006.  It was also the 4th longest at RFK this season (the longest being Lance Berkman’s 467 foot shot on May 22).

Rfkstadium_2006_4887jpg_1The visiting broadcasters were rightly impressed with Fielder’s homer, but while they can be excused for thinking otherwise, home runs into the upper deck at RFK are not at all uncommon.  In fact, in 71 games at RFK so far this season, there have been 21 home runs hit into the upper deck, or one every 3.4 games.  There have been a total of 147 homers at RFK, which means that 14% of all homers at RFK reach the upper deck. 

Members of the RFK Upper Deck club include:

  • Daryle Ward (3)
  • Aramis Ramirez (2)
  • Jose Guillen (2)
  • Ryan Howard
  • Albert Pujols
  • Chipper Jones
  • Reggie Abercrombie
  • Carlos Beltran
  • Lance Berkman
  • Ryan Church
  • Prince Fielder
  • Mike Jacobs
  • Nick Johnson
  • Adam LaRoche
  • David Ross
  • Scott Spiezio (RF Pole, actually)
  • Preston Wilson

So, let’s give Prince Fielder his due, but not go overboard in how we regard an upper deck homer at RFK.  It’s just not that unusual…


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