Tropicana Field, where the Tampa Bay Rays call home, isn't the biggest stadium in Major League Baseball, and the fact that it's a dome makes it feel even smaller.
However, there is still plenty of room for massive home runs if you are able to put the ball in the right spot, which Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz did on Friday night.
In the top of the ninth inning, with Seattle already holding a big 6-1 lead, Cruz stepped to the plate against Tampa Bay reliever Brad Boxberger and made history.
As you can see in the video below, Cruz launches a home run to the upper deck. The ball traveled an estimated 482 feet, which makes it the longest home run ever hit at Tropicana Field:
The ninth-inning blast was Cruz's 30th home run of the season, and it helped put an exclamation mark on the Mariners' 7-1 victory.
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After the game, Cruz was in a joking mood with reporters when asked about his record-setting blast, according to MLB.com:
"Do they give me a prize for that?" Cruz joked when he found out about the record.
His manager, Scott Servais, added that the Mariners play a lot better when Cruz is crushing balls at the plate:
"He's just seeing the ball really well right now, he's got a good rhythm at the plate," Servais said. "Stayed on some breaking pitches for the doubles, and then he got the fastball down that he just hammered there.
"We certainly need him. It's great when he gets hot, because they're not just singles, they're doubles and homers."
Cruz is hitting .293 with 30 homers and an American League-leading 98 RBI. He's also driving in an AL-best 47 runs on the road.
It's good that Cruz is playing well on the road, because Seattle just started a two-week East Coast road trip, which will see them play the Rays, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles before they return home to Washington. Servais said he's glad his team put together a complete effort to get the trip started:
"Everybody's chipping in," Servais said. "That's what it's going to take on this road trip."
With Friday's win, the Mariners improved to 62-61 and are now 13.5 games behind the AL West-leading Houston Astros, who sport the best record in the AL at 75-47. Cruz and his teammates are also in the thick of the AL wildcard race, as they trail the Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins by only half a game for the second wildcard spot, along with the Kansas City Royals.
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