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Goalie Smith hits homer as Bolts take some BP

Posted on: June 17, 2011 3:25 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 6:53 pm

The Tampa Bay Lightning were honored by the Tampa Bay Rays before their game on Thursday and some of them took batting practice before the game.

Steven Stamkos, Teddy Purcell, Nate Thompson and Mike Smith all took some cuts in the cage and threw out the first pitch(es) before the Rays played the Red Sox. I'm trying to figure out the most amazing thing about this part of the story: Smith, who had never hit a baseball before, belted a home run into the bleachers in left.

I understand he's from Canada and all, but never hitting a baseball? That's tough in and of itself to swallow. But hitting one into the stands your first time swinging a baseball bat? Incredible.

"Dream come true," Smith said. "It felt like butter coming off the bat. I've always wanted to try that. Close my eyes and swung, and it went out. I'm pretty proud."

Rays manager Joe Maddon was pretty impressed by it. "That was well struck," he said.

Purcell didn't have as much luck when stepping to the plate. "I don't really know what I'm doing," Purcell said. "So I'm just swinging for the fences." Good luck with that swing, Teddy!

As for Stamkos, the restricted free agent everybody wants to know about, well his day was just about baseball. A shortstop growing up, Stamkos didn't look like a fish out of water, sending a couple of balls deep to the outfield. He said that he now appreciates how tough baseball is.

Of course, Smith is probably wondering what the big deal is. He did get one other taste of big-league ball. After rounding the bases for his home run trot, he was greeted with a shaving cream pie to the face.

Ah yes, the joys of the offseason.

-- Brian Stubits

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 5:35 pm

Goalie Smith hits homer as Bolts take some BP

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Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2011 11:49 am

Goalie Smith hits homer as Bolts take some BP

I agree. Where was the homerun? Where was the shaving cream to the face? Lousy video. Not one view of a well hit baseball.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2011 11:33 am


This video is a fracking waste of time!!!  It does not show the HR by Smith.   Why do you think people watch the damned thing.  They want to see him hit it out, not these guys swinging and missing.  Fire your cameraman for not being on top of what was going on.  Any good videographer would know what makes a good shot.  Hell, they didn't even show him getting hit in the face with the cream pie.  Seriously disappointing.

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