The Toronto Blue Jays have hit some pretty unforgettable home runs in the past few seasons, from Jose Bautista's iconic blast in Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to Edwin Encarnacion's walk-off moonshot in last year's wild-card game.
Speaking with reporters following his club's 9-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park, Bautista suggested the diminutive right-hander won't soon let his teammates forget about his opposite-field home run off Julio Teheran in the fourth inning - the first homer of his big-league career.
"I'm sure we'll hear about it for a very long time," Bautista said, according to Sportsnet's Hazel Mae.
With his improbable blast, a 370-foot shot that came moments after a Luke Maile round-tripper, Stroman became just the second pitcher in Blue Jays history to go yard, joining left-hander Mark Hendrickson, who launched a solo shot off Sun-Woo Kim in an 8-5 loss to the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium on June 21, 2003. He is also the first Blue Jays pitcher ever to record multiple extra-base hits in a season.
"I've never hit an oppo homer in BP in my life," Stroman told MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm. "It's just something that I ran into and just out there competing."
Stroman, who stroked a pinch-hit double in a wild, extra-inning affair against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 25, went hitless in his other two plate appearances Thursday, but now owns a gaudy .500/.500/1.500 line (445 wRC+) through four plate appearances this year and boasts more home runs than six qualified hitters.