Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez has hit 33 home runs for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Alvarez is the National League leader in home runs and is tied for fourth in all of Major League Baseball.
Using photoshop, and some GIFS, we had some fun taking a closer look at each of those homers.
El Toro’s 2013 homerun tracker.
A Pedro Alvarez home run is so damn unique. Power is what defines Alvarez.
The first round pick out of Vanderbilt has a knack for cracking the bat with such power that it reminds us of some Pirates sluggers past. It’s a gift. This powerful gift is why he is so unique to the Pirates lineup. Nobody wearing black and yellow has the ability to change the game so quickly.
A few Buccos players have power, but none have Pedro Power.
It’s why there was only one Willie Stargell, one Dave Parker, –and why there will be only one Pedro Alvarez. We got some great help with the GIF which were created by Davidson Teacher. [Follow him on Twitter]
MAY1: The towering shot, 118 feet at its’ apex, tied the game at one in the second inning. It came off an 82 mile per hour Hiram Burgos delivery and traveled 412 feet coming off the bat at 102.5 mph. Video More details on the ESPN tracker.
May 9: Alvarez crushed Latroy Hawkins changeup to tie the game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. The 433 foot bomb was smoked off the bat at a season best 108.7 mph. Video
MAY 17 A little over a week after his last bomb, Alvarez connected on a two-run blast that bounced into the river. It tied the game with Houston at four and the Bucs came back to walk off the Astros in the bottom of the ninth.
Pedro Alvarez hit number seven of the season a long way. Video
Here is the landing spot of Pedro’s seventh bomb.
MAY 19 Do you notice a pattern yet? For the third time in 2013, Alvarez has hit a bomb in back-to-back games.
Another key situation, another Pedro Alvarez home run. The Bucs and Astros were locked in a scoreless tie at PNC Park. Obviously, the key words in that sentence are ‘were locked.’
A laser of the bat of Alvarez tucked inside the left-field foul pole for the 58th homer of his career. Video
Alvarez is now in fifth-place all time among Pirates third basemen.
Alvarez had his seventh career multi-hit home run day. It was his third against the Brewers. Both home runs were well, ridiculous.
The first was a rocket. Just an absolute rocket. Video
433 feet. Partiers in Milwaukee might want to walk carefully, we aren’t sure this one has landed yet. Video
Mike Minor was a teammate of Alvarez at Vanderbilt. Minor doesn’t respect the #ElToroPower. And he pays. The southpaw threw one too many fastballs in this at-bat.
El Toro crushes a 400-foot bomb to give the Pirates a 4-2 lead in Atlanta. Video
Mike Minor had a thought afterward…
Some Chicago Cubs fans were having a good time on the skyboxes on Sheffield Street. The only mistake they made was turning their back when Pedro Alvarez was at the plate. Video
El Toro crushed this one 405 feet and it came off the bat at 109 miles per hour. The Big Bull didn’t come close to getting all of this one. Watch the video…it was his sixth homer during the 22 day games the Bucs have played this season.
“That was a bomb.
Here is the Video
We had a unique perspective from behind home plate. Check out the Giants first baseman’s reaction. He doesn’t even move, he realizes it’s mashed.
Fathers Day JUNE 16
With the score tied against Zack Greinke and the L.A. Dodgers, El Toro gave his Father a present. Yardwork. Be sure to watch the three-run blast that brought the Dodgers right-hander to his knees. Video
Alvarez did more than hit bombs today. El Toro drove in one run in the third with a single, he got his solo bomb in the sixth inning off Homer Bailey. Video The bases-clearing double in the seventh came with two outs and the score tied.
Alvarez crushed his 17th of the season off Jered Weaver.
El Toro got the Bucs on the board and jumped into third place in the NL Home Run race.
When Pedro Alvarez gets hot, it gets really ugly for opposing pitchers. You’ve been warned.
Joe Blanton was the victim of the Big Bull.
Alvarez blasted a three-run bomb off the Phillies John Lannan which appeared that the hot muggy air would hold it up, but with most of the fans at PNC cheering “Let’s Go Bucs,” El Toro had done it again. Video
Cool graphic that shows the monster pace by Alvarez in June and July
On the first pitch Alvarez saw after he was named as a replacement in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby, he launched this bomb 415 feet. Video We are running out of adjectives to describe what Pedro is doing this season. Maybe, just maybe he can grab the lead before the All-Star break, that would be cool with us and we are sure we could dig up an adjective or two.
Alvarez was in an 0-for-everything slump after the All-Star game. Taylor Jordan fixed that. Jordan served it up Pedro hit it out.
Alvarez has an eight game hitting streak with three homers during the streak. The three-run homer in the first inning against St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Jake Westbrook set the tone for the Bucs 9-2 victory.
Alvarez took Chad Bettis deep in the second inning. This bomb went a true distance of 398 feet and according to the ESPN Home Run Tracker it was El Toro’s fifth ‘Just Enough’ homer of the year.
With the Cardinals and Pirates locked up in a battle for the NL Central crown, Shelby Miller served up this 434 foot bomb to the Big Bull at Busch Stadium. 1-0 Pirates. Video
Trevor Cahill had a big 8-1 lead as the Diamondbacks were putting a beat down on Jeff Locke and the Buccos. Alvarez made it 8-4 in 1.5 seconds with his tenth no doubt homer of the season. Video
Alvarez crushed his National League leading 31st home run at Petco bringing Andrew Cashner to his knees. The baseball never had a chance. Video
Pedro crushed a game tying bomb, his 32nd of the year, high off the right field foul pole on a 3-0 count. Absolutely crushed. Video
SEPTEMBER 13: Pedro Alvarez launched an inside-the-park home run for his 33rd of the season. It looks like a fan helped ElToro get the first of the Bucs back-to-back-to-back bombs. Video
Forbes to Federal had this GIF of the homer.