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August 19, 2013

Pebble Hunting

My Book Report on a Video of the Longest Home Runs Hit

by Sam Miller


For my book report, I have chosen to do my book report on a video entitled (No Music) Longest Home Runs In MLB History. This video was created by Ryan Schwark and I found out about it from Jonah Keri. It was published in August 2013 and it is 18 minutes and five seconds long.

The main character in this video is Adam Dunn, who appears six times. He was a complicated character because he hit the ball so far, but he barely even seemed to be trying, and sometimes the announcers didn’t even seem to be excited that he had hit the ball so far. It was like if Superman were real but the only crime he was capable of fighting was smuggling. It would be useful and probably smugglers would be pretty in awe of him, but everybody else would get bored of it and ask why he couldn’t stop a bank robbery now and again. “But smuggling is a really pernicious thing,” Superman would argue, to try to get more credit, but people would just never really give him his due. That’s why Adam Dunn is the main character.

The next most important character is Barry Bonds (five times). Other important characters are Mark McGwire (four times), Cecil Fielder, Mark Trumbo, Josh Hamilton, Mark Reynolds, Manny Ramirez (three times each). Minor recurring characters are Nelson Cruz, Prince Fielder, Jim Thome, Ryan Howard, Mike Piazza, Reggie Jackson, Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Upton, and Sammy Sosa. There are also assorted other characters who show up only briefly but play important roles: Wladimir Balentien, Lance Berkman, Brad Hawpe, Ryan Braun, Jay Bruce, Cameron Maybin, Juan and Edwin Encarnacion, Jason Heyward, Matt Holliday, Adrian Gonzalez, Todd Frazier, Andres Galarraga, Kirk Gibson, Glenallen Hill, Vladimir Guerrero, Travis Hafner, Raul Ibanez, Jose Canseco, Juan Francisco, Dave Kingman, Justin Maxwell, Mo Vaughn, Mitch Moreland, Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, Colby Rasmus, Richie Sexson, Anthony Rizzo, Seth Smith, Darryl Strawberry, and Joey Votto.

The theme of this video is many themes. One theme is the duality of conflict. For every winner there is a loser, which means that without the loser there can be no winner, which means that the loser is just as necessary for victory as the winner is, which means that when we celebrate momentous human achievements we should celebrate and congratulate the losers just as much as we should congratulate the winners. The pitchers are as interesting to watch as the hitters in this video, as they flinch, curse, kick, and twist; as they choose whether to watch or not; as they fall over from the impact, as they stare at the batter; as they act like it's nothing new.

One of the players who hit a home run in this video, Richie Sexson, was reluctant to talk about his home run, out of respect for the pitcher. "You just try not to be disrespectful in situations like this for the pitcher," he said. "It's tough to talk about it in that manner because like I said it's got to be hard for him and I don't want to do anything to hurt his feelings."

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