You can put it on the stairs, yes!
Last year, the most memorable home run Eloy Jiménez hit during his rookie season was the one he launched off Patrick Corbin, the one that bounced off the staircase on the side of the Fan Deck at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Well, White Sox rookies must have a thing about stairs. Luis Robert's latest highlight-reel moment — of which there are beginning to be too many to keep count — was an absolute moonshot of a home run that traveled 458 feet and bounced off a staircase to the side of the Kansas City Royals' team Hall of Fame in left field at Kauffman Stadium during Thursday night's 11-6 win.
The jokes came flying in: He hit that one to Kansas. He hit that one to the moon.
But his teammates probably summed things up the best with their reaction when he returned to the dugout, which Robert relayed after Thursday's game.
"Wow, you're strong."
Succinct. And accurate.
Robert, of course, is putting together a heck of a rookie season. One day prior to mashing the longest long ball of the campaign to date, he was tabbed the AL Rookie of the Month. Two days before that, he put on a late-inning show in Minneapolis, with a game-tying shot in the seventh and a go-ahead double in the ninth. A day before that, he hit a walk-off, three-run homer to beat the Royals on the South Side.
See what I mean about it being difficult to keep track of all this stuff?
"He impresses us all the time," shortstop Tim Anderson said Thursday. "He seems like he’s hitting the ball farther and farther, and all around the ballpark. He has power, and it’s showing. I’m very happy with where he is, and we are going to stay on him and continue to push him to continue to get better."
Everything that Robert was doing in the minors last season as translated pretty well to the majors. He recalled that bomb of a home run he hit over the bull in Charlotte last summer Thursday night. This one looked a lot like that one.
And let's remember, too, that this was just his 36th big league game. As José Abreu said earlier this week, when he watches Robert play, he only thinks about how much better he'll one day be.
That should be a scary thought to opposing pitchers. And to staircases everywhere.