Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston Red Sox outfielder and one of Major League Baseball's top defensive players, showed off his arm strength last week in a viral video, throwing a ball from home plate over the center field wall at Fenway Park.
The epic throw happened when NESN sportscaster Gary Striewski challenged Bradley Friday during batting practice for Boston's home game against the Kansas City Royals. The clip has since been viewed more than 95,000 times on YouTube.
"I challenged Jackie to throw it from home plate over the center field wall and challenge accepted," Striewski said on Saturday as NESN showed the clip of the throw
that traveled some 420 feet into the outfield stands. "There's a guy in the centerfield stands and [the ball] lands . . . to his right. You can hear the reaction [from his teammates]."
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Ryan Glasspiegal, of The Big Lead, said Bradley's throw
could inspire a new competition during the Major League's All-Star break.
"NESN's camera shot is a little bit rocky, but this is gonna be the best video we've got until someone asks him to do it again," Glasspiegal wrote. "Some sort of baseball distance throwing contest, combined with other zany skills competitions, would be vastly more compelling than the Home Run Derby snoozefest at this point."
Bradley's mega-throw also impressed numerous people on Twitter.
Bradley is in his second year in the majors after playing for the University of South Carolina.
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