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Jones' HR barely misses unsuspecting bicylist

June 5, 2013 - Neil Rudel
When PNC Park opened in 2001, it was thought that the short right-field porch would be a home-run haven, particularly for left-handed hitters and that players would be hitting home runs into the Allegheny River more than occasionally.

Turns out Garrett Jones' monster shot into the river on Sunday, which tied the game with the Cincinnati Reds and led to a Pirates' win in extra innings, was the first by a Pirate in PNC history.

(Houston's Daryle Ward did it in 2002).

Check out the video of the home run, though, and you can see how close it was to a serious accident as the ball sailed into the river less than a second before a woman on a bicycle trolled past.

Had the ball struck her, it would have caused considerable injury, and perhaps death, and immediately shifted a moment of celebration.

 
 
 

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