Anything Dioner Navarro can do, Ryan Zimmerman can do better

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On Wednesday afternoon, Dioner Navarro became the first Cubs catcher to hit three home runs in a game since April 1974. Here's video of his big day:

A few hours later, Ryan Zimmerman hit three homers of his own. He joined Adam Dunn and Alfonso Soriano as the only Nationals to hit three dingers in one game. Here's the video of his night at the plate (with some bonus defensive wizardry thrown in):

Navarro and Zimmerman became the first pair of players with three home runs on the same day since ... the final day of last season. So not that long ago. That's disappointing. Dan Johnson and Evan Longoria did the honors.

By the power vested in me by Eye on Baseball, I am officially declaring Zimmerman's three homers more impressive than Navarro's. Why? Direction. Navarro pulled all three of his long balls while Zimmerman pulled one to left, hit one out to center, then went opposite field out to right. Hitting a homer to all three fields is batting practice stuff, you're not supposed to be able to do that in a real live game. He wins the battle of three-homer games in my opinion.

The Cubs, however, actually won Navarro's big game. The Nationals lost to the Orioles despite a) Zimmerman's effort, and b) leading by three runs at one point. Ouch.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for,,,... Full Bio

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