How many of you have seen the movie Ant-Man? The premise of the movie is that Paul Rudd has a suit that he can change his size in. He can shrink himself to the size of an ant, or grow himself to the size of a skyscraper. So imagine for a second that you have one of these suits. You shrink yourself down to the size of an ant, and attach yourself to the baseballs that have been sent into orbit by the Twins roster this year. How far could you travel?
The Twins have hit 106 whammies this year (that’s a lot of times to hope you don’t end up between the ball and a hard place). Here’s the distances these hammers have traveled before crashing down to the earth, by player:
Jason Castro: 425 ft average * 7 moonshots = 2,975 ft
Jonathan Schoop: 417 ft average * 10 dingers = 4,170 ft
Nelson Cruz: 414 ft average * 7 boomsticks = 2,898 ft
C.J. Cron: 405 ft average * 13 laser beams = 5,265 ft
Max Kepler: 403 ft average * 12 schüsse = 4,836 ft
Miguel Sano: 403 ft average * 5 jonrónes = 2,015 ft
Marwin Gonzalez: 402 ft average * 5 happy slaps = 2,010 ft
Byron Buxton: 402 ft average * 5 four-baggers = 2,010 ft
Ehire Adrianza: 401 ft average * 4 utility jacks = 1,604 ft
Mitch Garver: 400 ft average * 9 hot sauces = 3,600 ft
Jorge Polanco: 390 ft average * 9 round-trippers = 3,510 ft
Eddie Rosario: 390 ft average * 17 bombas = 6,630 ft
Luis Arraez: 384 ft average * 1 dong = 384 ft
Willians Astudillo: 383 ft average * 2 artillery shells = 766 ft
All these homers add up to a grand total of 42,673 feet, which converts to 8.08 miles. How long is 8.08 miles? Side note: The Twins are on pace to get to 24 miles worth of home run balls. Imagine the trips you could take with 24 miles to spend!
- 13.0035 kilometers, for our Canadian friends
- 5.05 trips from Target Field to U.S. Bank Stadium for fall doubleheaders
- 3.03 trips from sea level to the top of Pike’s Peak (by altitude)
- 1.01 trips from Surly Brewing to Summit Brewing
- 3/10s of a marathon
- 3.38/100,000s of a trip to the moon from Earth
Fittingly, by riding on the home run balls hit by the Twins so far this year, you could make almost exactly one trip from one of the Twin Cities’ most premier breweries to another of the most prestigious breweries in the Metro. Although it would be an adventure keeping down your Furious IPA on the trip to Summit, what with the sudden accelerations and many impacts. It'd be a lot like an Uber ride, really.
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